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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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.

WKAR Special Report: Marijuana in Michigan
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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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Governor Rick Snyder has put together a team he says will help fix the state Child Protective Services program. Capital correspondent Cheyna Roth reports this comes after a state audit revealed C-P-S failed to follow a plethora of state requirements.


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UPDATE 7:45 p.m.: The Supreme Court has rejected the appeal. Straight ticket option will not be available on November ballot.

There’s still a chance Michiganders could vote straight ticket on the November ballot. Capital correspondent Cheyna Roth reports a group trying to keep straight ticket voting has appealed to the U-S Supreme Court.


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In the race for state Attorney General, Michigan voters will get to choose between a Democrat, a Republican…and a candidate without a party. Capital correspondent Cheyna Roth reports the Board of State Canvassers officially put Christopher Graveline on the November ballot.


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UPDATED 7:15 P.M.: Attorneys for convicted serial sexual predator Larry Nassar were back in court Thursday. Nassar is the former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics sports doctor who sexually assaulted his patients under the guise of treatment for decades.


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The state Legislature is back this week and Democrats want to see action on protecting people from chemicals in groundwater. Capital correspondent Cheyna Roth reports.


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State lawmakers return to the Capitol this week – and the big question is whether they will pass a pair of ballot initiatives. Capital correspondent Cheyna Roth reports with the current political gamesmanship, Democrats could actually vote against an increase in the state’s minimum wage.


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The state plans to fight a lawsuit filed in federal court by a group of Michigan college students. Capital correspondent Cheyna Roth reports the students say a law discriminates against young voters.


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Michigan State University say the National Collegiate Athletic Association has ended its inquiry into the school’s handling of sexual misconduct complaints. Capital correspondent Cheyna Roth reports the school announced the end of the inquiry Thursday.


Kathy Klages
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Former Michigan State gymnastics coach Kathie Klages turned herself into Lansing police on Thursday. It came weeks after she was charged with lying to police amid an investigation into the school’s handling of sexual abuse complaints against former sports doctor Larry Nassar.


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The Michigan Secretary of State says an independent candidate should not appear on the November ballot. Capital Correspondent Cheyna Roth reports the Secretary of State is appealing a federal judge’s order to put Christopher Graveline on the ballot as an independent.


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