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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Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

The ACLU said a state policy regarding state contracts with faith-based adoption agencies is unconstitutional. A judge will decide whether a lawsuit filed by the ACLU against the state will go forward.

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Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

Evidence of a young girl’s virginity and subsequent pregnancy and abortion can be used in a Wayne County sexual assault case.  


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WKAR File Photo

For the first time in Michigan history, Libertarian candidates for governor will be on the August primary ballot. That’s because the party got enough Michigan votes in the 2016 election to put the party on the primary ballot.    


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File Photo / WKAR-MSU

A group called Promote the Vote says it wants to improve Michigan residents’ access to the voting booth. Capital correspondent Cheyna Roth reports the coalition submitted more than 400-thousand signatures to get a measure the 20-18 ballot.


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File Photo / WKAR-MSU

Today is the last day to register to vote in Michigan’s August primary. 

Off the Record / WKAR-MSU

Two Republican candidates running for the US Senate squared off on Friday. During a debate on WKAR-TV’s Off the Record, Sandy Pensler and John James both said they were the best choice to take on incumbent Democrat Debbie Stabenow, though the candidates mostly focused on each other – not Stabenow – during the debate. 


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Michigan has about 150 new laws. Governor Rick Snyder finished going through a pile of bills that were sent to him before the Legislature went on its summer break.    


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Kevin Lavery / WKAR

A new bill by state lawmakers would prohibit any anchor dropping in the Straits of Mackinac. Capital correspondent Cheyna Roth reports this comes after an anchor damaged an oil and gas pipeline.


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Current and former legislators are being taken to court to get information about how they drew the state’s district lines in 2011.    


AG Bill Schuette
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A lawsuit involving the state Attorney General and his emails could go to the Michigan Supreme Court. A liberal advocacy group filed an appeal to the Supreme Court to get access to some emails by Schuette and his staff.


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Michigan patients now have less access to opioids for severe pain. This is the final law to take effect in a package of bills signed last year. 


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Governor Rick Snyder will not lower the state’s standards for dumping ballast water in the Great Lakes. He vetoed a bill with the changes today.  

Capitol Correspondant Cheyna Roth reports the governor vetoed the bill because he’s concerned about invasive species.  


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Three current and former Michigan judges are on the shortlist to be the next United States Supreme Court Justice. President Donald Trump says he has a list of 25 potential candidates that he will choose from. Justice Anthony Kennedy will retire in July.    


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A group trying to get a redistricting measure on the November ballot says arguments against the measure by the state Attorney General are redundant.


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File Photo / WKAR

Michigan will put 100 million dollars toward skilled trades training and career exploration. Governor Rick Snyder signed legislation into law Tuesday.    


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