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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Kids in Michigan who’ve gotten in trouble with the law would have another way to get their records cleared. Michigan Public Radio’s Cheyna Roth reports on a bill passed by the state House Wednesday.


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Michigan’s point-zero-eight percent blood-alcohol level is set to expire next year. But a bill is on its way to the governor’s desk to prevent that. Michigan Public Radio’s Cheyna Roth reports.


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Michigan needs to create more opportunities for kids of color. That’s according to advocates after a new report was released Tuesday. The report shows that African-American kids in Michigan fare worse in areas like education than in any other state. 

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Activists delivered a petition to Governor Rick Snyder Friday. Michigan Public Radio’s Cheyna Roth reports the petition demands the removal of Michigan State Police Colonel Kriste Etue.


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The state House, Senate and the governor might be headed for a showdown. Each entity has a different idea for how to handle outstanding Driver Responsibility Fees. Michigan Public Radio’s Cheyna Roth has more.


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The director of the Michigan State Police will lose five days of pay for sharing a Facebook post that called NFL players who kneel during the national anthem "anti-American degenerates."


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Some high school graduates in Michigan might get to go to college for free. A bill that’s on its way to Governor Rick Snyder’s desk would create new “Promise Zones” in the state. Michigan Public Radio’s Cheyna Roth has more.


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Medical marijuana dispensaries could be required to have 300-thousand dollars in capitol to open up shop. The state licensing board made its recommendations for financial requirements for medical marijuana licenses Tuesday. Michigan Public Radio’s Cheyna Roth has more.


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A new partnership has a plan to keep Lake Erie clean. The MI CLEAR group is made up of farmers, conservationists, environmental leaders, and more. Those groups are teaming up with the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. Cheyna Roth reports.


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A former Michigan State University sports doctor’s sexual assault case will continue as scheduled – despite objections by both the defense and the prosecutors. Michigan Public Radio’s Cheyna Roth has more.


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Lawmakers in Lansing want to get rid of driver responsibility fees sooner than expected.Michigan Public Radio’s Cheyna Roth reports lawmakers across the board are critical of the fees. 


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A Republican candidate for governor has been kicked off of his Senate committees. Cheyna Roth reports.


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A bill in the state Legislature would change how schools teach sex education. The new curriculum would focus on “changing the culture” around sexual assault. Cheyna Roth reports.


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The Michigan Supreme Court has awarded more than three million dollars in grants to circuit courts across the state. 


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The state Legislature has several bills in the works that would limit local government authority. Michigan Public Radio’s Cheyna Roth reports that several preemption bills passed the state Senate this week.


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