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MichMash-Sept. 23: Public relations and the Flint water crisis

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As part of the weekly series MichMash, WDET’s Cheyna Roth talks with Detroit News reporter Kayla Ruble about her recent investigation.

The Flint water crisis is, almost a decade later, still far from over.

As civil cases continue to make their way through the courts as victims seek justice and accountability, one reporter has questions about a public relations campaign by one of the companies involved in the campaign.

Before becoming the newest Capitol reporter for the 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. Follow her on Twitter at @Cheyna_R