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 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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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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Democrats in the state House want to get rid of a law they say protects drug companies that knowingly make or sell harmful drugs.


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Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

There could be fireworks at a meeting Friday of Michigan State University’s governing body.

Capitol Correspondant Cheyna Roth reports this meeting comes amid controversies and calls for the ouster of interim president John Engler.  


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A federal judge in Detroit will hear arguments today about alleged strong-arm tactics against Iraqi detainees.

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Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

Michigan State University Interim President John Engler is under fire for emails he exchanged with an aide about victims of Larry Nassar. Nassar is the former MSU sports doctor who sexually assaulted his patients for years.  
Capital Correspondant Cheyna Roth reports members of the university’s governing board want Engler to resign.  


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The ACLU of Michigan wants a Detroit judge to order immigration authorities to stop coercive tactics against Iraqi immigrants in its custody. The immigrants face deportation orders for crimes – usually committed years ago.     


Detroit Water Front
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Environmental groups say a bill headed for Governor Rick Snyder’s desk could increase the amount of invasive species in the Great Lakes.     


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November is months away. But the group that put recreational marijuana use on the general election ballot is already planning how to convince voters to mark ‘yes.’

Capital correspondent Cheyna Roth reports the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol is getting some outside help.


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WKAR-MSU

Some lawmakers in Lansing are trying – once again –  to tackle the state’s car insurance rates. Michigan’s rates are among the highest in the nation.


On this week's Current State - suicide prevention in Michigan; what former MSU dean William Strampel could face during trial; Michigan to vote on legalizing marijuana; cooking Kugel; constructing vehicles that drive 1600 miles without stopping for gas; remembering Robert F. Kennedy's impact on Michiganders; and find out where a 1-million square foot pot warehouse is being built in the Great Lakes. 


Michigan residents in the Healthy Michigan insurance program are a signature away from mandated work requirements.


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