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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Cheyna Roth / MPRN

Vape shop owners and advocates expressed their frustrations Thursday with an upcoming state ban on flavored vaping products.           

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Joe Dandron / WKAR-MSU

There are multiple steps Michigan should take to ensure that there’s enough energy for homes and businesses if we have another polar vortex this winter.

Gretchen Whitmer, Mike Shirkey, Lee Chatfield

UPDATED at 4:00 p.m.: Negotiations to come up with a long-term plan to fix Michigan’s crumbling roads have been put on hold. Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the Republican Legislative leadership announced Monday that their main priority is the budget. 

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Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

The race would decide which party controlled the Michigan Senate. Right to Life — the state’s leading anti-abortion group — backed the Democrat.

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A state lawmaker wants to make sure Michigan doesn’t have any privately run prisons.

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Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

Legislation to prevent doctors from sexually abusing their patients was on the agenda at a state House committee hearing on Tuesday. These bills are part of ongoing efforts started by the legislature last year to curb sexual assault in the state.

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File Photo / WKAR-MSU

The state Legislature plans to go back to its normal schedule this week.

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A federal judge is weighing whether to allow faith-based adoption agencies to keep turning away LGBTQ potential parents while an underlying lawsuit plays out.

State Attorney General Dana Nessel
Cheyna Roth

The state attorney general’s new policy about faith-based adoption agencies will be up for debate in federal court.

Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

Michigan lawmakers have been spending the warm months behind the scenes trying to hammer out a state budget and roads plan. But they plan to start meeting publicly again soon.

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Michigan residents could get a break on their back to school shopping. There are recently introduced bills that would create a back to school spending holiday.

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UPDATED Thursday at 12:20 p.m.: Michigan has an alcohol smuggling problem. That’s according to the Michigan Beer and Wine Wholesalers Association. The association compiled data from the Liquor Control Commission and the state’s excise tax information to determine how much alcohol is being shipped to Michigan illegally.

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Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

UPDATED at 4:00 p.m.: Michigan State University has agreed to three years of federal oversight. The U-S Department of Health and Human Services announced a resolution to a civil rights investigation on Monday. 

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A state lawmaker says the work on changing Michigan’s no fault auto insurance system isn’t over yet. Major changes to the state’s car insurance system were signed into law this May.

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Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

In the latest development in the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal, two former Michigan State University officials were in court today.