Cheyna Roth

Reporter - Michigan Public Radio Network

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 earned her masters degree 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.

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Tens of thousands of people were falsely accused of cheating on their unemployment benefits. The state took money from their tax refund or ordered them to re-pay benefits. That was after a problem with the state’s automated system.


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If you want to have a say in deciding Michigan’s next governor, you must register to vote by Tuesday.


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Capital Correspondent Cheyna Roth fills us in on the new plan for the Line 5 pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac, gives an update on the PFAS water problem and says to not believe everything you see in political ads on TV. 


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A controversial pipeline that carries crude oil and natural gas liquids under the Straits of Mackinac is on its way toward being decommissioned. Sort of. 


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Governor Rick Snyder wants to improve the state’s response time to PFAS chemicals. They’ve been found in groundwater, surface water, and drinking water across the state. Snyder issued a directive on Tuesday calling on state departments and agencies to create a readiness and response plan.


On this week's Current State: how the Larry Nassar & Flint Water Crisis are now part of the Michigan governor's campaigns; how the political marriage gap is closing; enthusiasm among young voters; resources for sexual assault victims triggered by Dr. Ford's testimony; grey wolves relocated in the UP; and a movie cameo by the Jackson Symphony music director.


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An ex-Michigan State University coach’s criminal case continues.

Capital correspondent Cheyna Roth reports a judge determined Thursday there is enough evidence against Kathie Klages to go to trial for a misdemeanor and felony charge.


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Capital Correspondent Cheyna Roth and Morning Edition Host Emily Fox discuss the week’s political news.


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Michigan is a step closer to letting eligible voters register online. The state House passed legislation Wednesday.


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Governor Rick Snyder still can’t build a bridge between a union and a construction trade association to end a road work stoppage across the state.


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The speaker of the state House won’t support a proposal aimed at electing presidents based on the national popular vote.


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Healthy Michigan means better credit for Michigan’s low-income residents. That’s according to a new study on the state’s Medicaid expansion released Monday. It found that people on the plan improved their financial health since getting the insurance coverage.

The state is trying to figure out the “best way forward” for medical marijuana patients and shops. Capitol Correspondent Cheyna Roth reports a judge ordered the state to allow all medical marijuana dispensaries to stay open while they wait for their licenses to be approved by a state board.

  

On this week's show: Michigan's Governors Race; Lawsuit alleging a 1992 sexual assault by Larry Nassar and cover-up; Political climate affecting international students at MSU; The Great American Read; "talking" sidewalks in Lansing; Archived interview with Dr. Lena Wen; the history of apples in America.


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Former Vice President Joe Biden was in Michigan Wednesday to help Democratic gubernatorial nominee Gretchen Whitmer raise funds for her campaign. 


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