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 got her masters 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.
Contributions from Cheyna Roth
- Sports betting bills scheduled to see movement this week
Plans to make Michigan a sports betting state are moving through the state Legislature. A package of bills is scheduled to be voted out of a House committee Tuesday. The bills would create a Division …
- State lawmaker seeking to remove exception in Michigan's marital rape laws
A state lawmaker wants to close a loophole in Michigan’s marital rape law. A person currently cannot be convicted of rape solely because they had sexual intercourse with their spouse, while the spouse …
- How the fight over abortion rights in MI became more partisan and secretive in just a decade
Abortion has moved to the forefront of national politics. Where lawmakers stand on the issue has become a litmus test when determining if someone is a Republican or Democrat.
- Final polar vortex report calls for improvements, legislation on state energy supply and delivery
There are multiple steps Michigan should take to ensure that there’s enough energy for homes and businesses if we have another polar vortex this winter. Governor Gretchen Whitmer directed the Michigan …
- Lawmaker introduces bill to allow signs in Capitol on Open Carry Day
A democratic state lawmaker wants the state Capitol to reverse its ban on signs. The Capitol currently prohibits protestors and other people from bringing signs into the building.