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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A group supported by Michigan businesses wants the state Supreme Court to take a look at a ballot initiative. It would increase the state’s minimum wage.  

Michigan Public Radio’s Cheyna Roth reports wednesday a lower court said the measure has to go to the ballot.     


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Michigan State University has named a search committee to find a new president. 


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Michigan hasn’t prioritized public health – and now it’s paying for it. That’s according to a new report from the Citizens Research Council of Michigan, a non-profit public affairs research organization.     


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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer has announced that her running mate is Garlin Gilchrist II, who runs the University of Michigan's Center for Social Media Responsibility.


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Attorney General Bill Schuette has chosen Lisa Posthumus Lyons as his running mate for the November election. Schuette is the Republican nominee for governor – he won about 50 percent of his party’s vote in the primary. If Schuette is successful in the general election, Lyons will be the state’s next Lieutenant Governor.


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Larry Nassar’s attempt to have a new judge consider his appeal in Ingham County has been denied. Nassar is the former Michigan State University sports doctor who sexually assaulted his patients for years.    

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A billionaire took his fight to impeach President Donald Trump to Lansing Monday. This time with a slightly new message.


Michigan now has all the pieces it needs for a fully licensed and operational medical marijuana industry. But some marijuana businesses may still not get licensed before a September 15th deadline.


On this edition of Current State: the gubernatorial race now until November, an interview with Rashida Tlaib, a new charter school in East Lansing, a gallery combining art and science in Detroit, the new milk processor in St  Johns and secrets of the sugar industry.


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Time is running out for Michigan residents to weigh in on changes to the Healthy Michigan insurance plan. Capital correspondent Cheyna Roth reports the comment period ends Sunday.


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Michigan dairy farmers are getting a 510 million-dollar boost. Two new dairy processing facilities are scheduled to be built in St. Johns, north of Lansing. The plants are expected to create more than 250 new jobs. 

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Michiganders flocked to the polls Tuesday in numbers that haven’t been matched in recent decades. Election officials say it is the highest primary election turnout since at least 1978. There were multiple contested primaries – including for governor and state House and Senate.    


Republican Bill Schuette and Democrat Gretchen Whitmer will battle it out for the governor’s seat in November. Libertarians also had a choice for governor on the primary ticket, for the first time in Michigan’s history. 


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A state law that allows tax dollars to go to private and parochial schools is making its way through the courts. The Michigan Court of Appeals heard arguments in the lawsuit against the state Tuesday.    


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La gente de Michigan se dirigirán a las cabinas de votación mañana para las primarias del Estado. Es cuando los Demócratas, Republicanos, e Independientes escogen a quien quieren ver representar a su partido en las elecciones de noviembre.

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