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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State lawmakers expect to hold a key vote on the remaining bills in response to Larry Nassar this week. The bills will likely be voted out of a Senate committee – with at least one change. 


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State lawmakers can now vote to repeal Michigan’s prevailing wage law. Prevailing wage requires the state pay union-scale wages on its contracts. Capital corresnpondent Cheyna Roth reports the Board of State Canvassers certified a ballot initiative Friday. It gives the Legislature a chance to pass the measure instead of letting the voters decide.


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Michigan’s top prosecutor is on board with proposed changes to how the state parole board determines if an inmate can be released from prison.     


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The Michigan Supreme Court won’t review issues against a ballot initiative to end prevailing wage, so the measure must move forward. And lawmakers could vote on the measure as soon as next week.  


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State lawmakers want to put more money into school safety. A bipartisan group of Senators introduced legislation Tuesday, similar bills were introduced recently in the state House. The bills are backed by a coalition of law enforcement and education groups.


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As temperatures rise, lawmakers in Lansing want to make sure people aren’t leaving their animals in their cars.


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Medical experts in Michigan say reducing the stigma of HIV is key to stopping the spread of the disease.


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WKAR-MSU

Lawmakers in Lansing want to make Michigan roads safer.

Republican Senator Margaret O’Brien (R-Portage) hopes to wrap up bills to make bicyclists safer on the roads soon. Legislation is working its way through the Legislature that would require vehicles give bicyclists three feet of room when they pass.


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Legislation aimed at curbing sexual assault in Michigan passed the state House Thursday. The bills were introduced in the wake of the Larry Nassar scandal. Nassar is the former Michigan State University sports doctor who sexually assaulted his patients for years.  

Capital Correspondant Cheyna Roth reports all lawmakers agreed they want to help victims of sexual assault – But some lawmakers argued a few of the bills didn’t go far enough.  


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Bills in response to the Larry Nassar sexual assault scandal crossed a major hurdle Wednesday After weeks of testimony, most of the bills were passed out of committee. Nassar is the former Michigan State University sports doctor who sexually assaulted his patients for years. Capital correspondent Cheyna Roth reports.


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State lawmakers want schools and law enforcement to partner up when it comes to school safety. Capital correspondent Cheyna Roth reports state Senate committees passed several bills Tuesday aimed at encouraging that relationship.


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The Michigan House is scaling back legislation inspired by the Larry Nassar sexual abuse case after Michigan State University agreed to a $500 million settlement with victims.


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This week lawmakers in Lansing plan to move legislation aimed at improving the state’s sexual assault laws. This comes after weeks of discussion on more than 30 bills. Capital correspondent Cheyna Roth reports the bills would do things like require sexual assault and dating violence be taught during sex education in high school and increase penalties for people that are required to report suspected child abuse, but don’t.


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Environmental groups want Governor Rick Snyder to say “no” to legislation on his desk. They’re concerned about bills that would change some oversight requirements for state mines.

This week, we look at what's next after the $500 million settlement between Michigan State University and Larry Nassar's abuse survivors; learn how a 90-year-old school building is helping the affordable housing crunch; find out why Detroit homeowners are swapping houses; and talk with a "father of the internet." 


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