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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In the race for Michigan’s next governor, a Democrat crossed a significant hurdle today. Abdul El-Sayed was the first Democrat to file his signatures to get on the ballot.

But there have been questions about whether El-Sayed is even eligible to run. Bridge Magazine first reported that his voting history could derail his campaign.



Roads, flood damage repairs, and an investigation could get money sent their way soon. Capital correspondent Cheyna Roth tells us the Legislature sent a spending bill to the governor’s desk Thursday.


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Moms and other activists against gun violence gathered at the state Capitol Wednesday. Capital coorespondent Cheyna Roth reports the participants wanted to meet with as many lawmakers as possible.


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Survivors of the former MSU sports doctor abuse were among those who testified for the bills. The legislation would also require adults who work with student athletes to report suspicions of abuse.

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Survivors of former MSU sports doctor Larry Nassar joined with lawmakers to rollout new legislation Monday. Nassar was recently convicted of multiple cases of sexual assault.

Capital correspondent Cheyna Roth reports the legislation is aimed at curbing sexual misconduct.


On the Feb. 24-25 edition of Current State: neighbors struggling with floodwaters & how you can help; learn where Michigan's gubernatorial candidates stand on gun debate; learn about Dolores Huerta and why she's coming to MSU; two Lansing men make sure dozens of children see Black Panther movie and helping feed fish thanks to whiskey by-products.


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High schoolers, lawmakers, and concerned citizens held a rally at the state Capitol Thursday for changes to the state’s gun laws. Capital correspondent Cheyna Roth reports.


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Lawmakers in Lansing want to put 175 million dollars toward the state’s roads. The state House passed the spending bill Wednesday. Capital correspondent Cheyna Roth has more.


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A high school freshman came to the state Capitol Tuesday to advocate on behalf of sexual assault legislation. Capital correspondent Cheyna Roth has more.


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Consumers Energy plans to become more environmentally friendly – while keeping customer bills stable. Capital Correspondent Cheyna Roth has more.


On this edition of Current State: an update on restructuring at Michigan State University following the Larry Nassar Scandal; two Michiganders share their views of attending a Historically Black College or University; see how the Lansing Lugnuts are preparing for Spring Training; we'll remember late MSU President Cecil Mackey, Jr; a Spartan athlete gives a record gift to MSU; and find out where you can celebrate Chinese New Year this weekend! 


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Some lawmakers in Lansing want to overhaul how three major universities select their governing bodies. Cheyna Roth reports this would bring those schools in line with the state’s other twelve public universities.


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On Thursday, the Elections and Ethics committee in the Michigan House of Representatives will hear a bill that would allow the Governor to appoint the Boards of Trustees for Michigan State University, the University of Michigan and Wayne State University instead of being elected by the voters. 


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The Michigan State University Faculty Senate passed a vote of no confidence in the schools’ Board of Trustees.


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