Cheyna Roth


Cheyna Roth is a reporter for the Michigan Public Radio Network, based at the state capitol in Lansing. Her reports are heard daily on Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

Before becoming the newest Capitol reporter for Michigan Public Radio Network, Cheyna Roth was an attorney. She spent her days fighting it out in court as an assistant prosecuting attorney for Ionia County. Eventually, Cheyna took her investigative and interview skills and moved on to journalism. She got her masters at Michigan State University and was a documentary filmmaker, podcaster, and freelance writer before finding her home with NPR.

Very soon after joining MPRN, Cheyna started covering the 2016 presidential election, chasing after Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and all their surrogates as they duked it out for Michigan. Cheyna also focuses on the legislature and criminal justice issues for MPRN.

Cheyna is obsessively curious, a passionate storyteller, and an occasional backpacker.

Cheyna Roth

Another governor has found his place on the walls of the Michigan State Capitol.

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Democrats in Lansing want to make schools get rid of mascots that may be considered racially insensitive.

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Concealed pistol permit holders would be able to carry guns in more places. That’s under legislation that cleared a Senate committee today.

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The Detroit Free Press reports that a Jackson-area prison had three separate incidents of maggots in the food over the summer.


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The saga of a former Olympics doctor accused of sexually assaulting multiple young girls continued Friday.

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The state has reversed its decision when it comes to letting medical marijuana dispensaries stay open while they wait for a license.

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A conservative radio host lost his fight against the Detroit News today. The Michigan Court of Appeals said associating The Political Cesspool host, James Edwards, with the Ku Klux Klan is protected opinion speech.


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The state has put resources toward fighting a hepatitis A outbreak.

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Some state lawmakers want more skilled trade and technical education in Michigan schools.

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If you do the work, you should get all the pay. That’s the message of Democratic lawmakers in Lansing. They announced a package of bills Monday aimed at preventing what they call wage theft by employers.