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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Michigan’s special education students need more resources. That’s according to a new report released Wednesday. Michigan Public Radio’s Cheyna Roth has more.


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A state department is taking a little longer to release medical marijuana licensing rules. Michigan Public Radio’s Cheyna Roth has more.


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Michigan is one big step closer to voting on marijuana legalization. Michigan Public Radio’s Cheyna Roth explains an initiative turned in its signatures to get on the 20-18 ballot Monday.


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The state announced the price tag Friday for applications to grow, sell or transport medical marijuana. The application fee will be 6-thousand dollars. It’s a one-time, non-refundable fee. That’s on top of up to 5-thousand dollars that municipalities can charge for an application.


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A teen was recently attacked in Muskegon County. Officials say it’s because he’s gay. Now prosecutors and lawmakers are calling on the legislature to expand the state’s hate crimes law. Michigan Public Radio’s Cheyna Roth has more.


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Michigan residents who want to get into the medical marijuana business had their last shot at a training session Wednesday. Michigan Public Radio’s Cheyna Roth reports the last session was held in Lansing. 


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The State’s Board of Education can’t decide what to do about recent gun legislation. There are four Democrats and four Republicans on the board. Michigan Public Radio’s Cheyna Roth reports that means the board can’t come to an agreement on a public position on bills that loosen restrictions on guns in schools.


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Another governor has found his place on the walls of the Michigan State Capitol. Michigan Public Radio’s Cheyna Roth explains.


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More problems plague the food in Michigan’s prisons. This time it’s maggots. Cheyna Roth has more.


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The state House voted Thursday night to get rid of Michigan's Driver Responsibility Fee, but the bills could hit a roadblock in the state Senate. 

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A plan to overhaul the state's auto insurance system failed late Thursday night. 

The state has reversed its decision when it comes to letting medical marijuana dispensaries stay open while they wait for a license. Michigan Public Radio’s Cheyna Roth has more.


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The state has put resources toward fighting a hepatitis A outbreak. Michigan Public Radio’s Cheyna Roth reports the Lieutenant Governor has activated emergency centers. 


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A conservative radio host lost his fight against the Detroit News Wednesday. Michigan Public Radio’s Cheyna Roth reports.


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Some state lawmakers want more skilled trade and technical education in Michigan schools. But schools aren’t on board yet. 


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