Cheyna Roth


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
 

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Michigan lawmakers have left the state Capitol for a two-week break.

As part of the weekly series MichMash, Cheyna Roth and Jake Neher say that’s despite the fact that they haven’t yet reached a deal to restore critical funding in the state budget.

You can learn more about MichMash at wdet.org/michmash. Or subcribe to MichMash wherever you get your podcasts.

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 Several Michigan communities just said no to recreational pot shops.

As part of the weekly series MichMash, Jake Neher and Cheyna Roth say it’s probably too early to jump to conclusions about what that means for the industry.

You can also subcribe to MichMash wherever you get your podcasts. And read more about this episode at wdet.org/michmash

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Applicants to the new Independent Redistricting Commission will have the chance to be a part of Michigan history – and redraw the state’s political district lines.

As part of their weekly series MichMash, Michigan Public Radio Network’s Cheyna Roth and WDET’s Jake Neher break down the selection process, how to apply, and what comes next.

You can subscribe to MichMash wherever you get your podcasts. Read more at wdet.org/michmash

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Some Michigan lawmakers want to limit the powers of the governor’s office.

As part of the weekly series MichMash, Jake Neher and Cheyna Roth observe that Governor Gretchen Whitmer has been flexing her constitutional muscles lately, and Republicans aren’t happy about it.

A bipartisan group of lawmakers say school busses need to be more secure.

A package of bills would make it a crime to enter a school bus without the permission of the driver. In some cases, it would be a felony.

Some lawmakers want to prevent the Department of Health and Human Services from issuing rules restricting access and use of vaping products. Lawmakers debated the bill (HB 5019) in front of a House committee Tuesday.

This comes after MDHHS issued emergency rules banning the sale and manufacturing of flavored vaping products with more than 2% nicotine. 

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The month-long United Auto Workers strike against General Motors could soon come to an end. The union and the automaker recently reached a tentative contract agreement.

As part of the weekly series MichMash Cheyna Roth and Jake Neher speak with a reporter who has been covering the strike about what it has meant for the state and local economies.

You can learn more at https://wdet.org/series/michmash/ or subscribe to MichMash wherever you get your podcasts.

The findings of a $100,000 study were improperly influenced by lobbyists. That’s according to a new state Auditor General report.

According to emails and documents obtained by the Detroit Free Press, the Michigan Aggregates Association was a primary gravel lobbying firm that influenced the study.

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After being delayed one month, new policies, which will make it easier for families to receive public assistance, have now taken effect. 

The governor will now have to decide if the criminal justice system should stop automatically treating 17-year-olds as adults.

A bipartisan package of bills is now headed to Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s desk. They would still give prosecutors discretion to charge 17-year-olds as adults for serious crimes, but that would no longer be the way they are automatically treated.

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Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer and lawmakers are starting the process of restoring some funding Whitmer vetoed in the new state budget.

As part of the weekly series MichMash, Jake Neher and Cheyna Roth talk about how Michiganders are feeling the cuts throughout the state.

You can read more at WDET.org/MichMash and you can listen again or subriscribe to the MichMash podcast wherever you get your podcasts.

Bills that would raise the age of the juvenile court’s jurisdiction from 17 to 18-years-old are one step closer to the governor’s desk.

This means that 17-year-olds would no longer be automatically be tried as adults or placed with adults in the criminal justice system. But prosecutors would still have discretion to charge them as adults based on the offense.

The state Attorney General has recommendations for changes to bills on expunging criminal records. The bills are up for debate in the state Legislature.

At a Tuesday hearing in front of a House Judicial committee, Nessel said she is, overall, in support of expanding the state’s laws to set aside some crimes on a person’s criminal record.

But she had ideas that she said could improve the bills. One area of concern was a bill to automatically remove certain crimes from a person’s record after 10 years.

Michigan man, Angelo Binno, filed a lawsuit against the Law School Admission Council. That’s because the council would not give him a waiver for the analytical reasoning portion of the exam.

He said it wasn’t fair for visually impaired people because the most common way to solve the problems was to draw diagrams and pictures.

You shouldn’t have to choose between paying for your medication or your mortgage. That’s the message of some Democrats in the state House. They’ve introduced a plan they’re calling HOPE – or Health Over Profits for Everyone.

Some House Democrats have introduced bills aimed at making medical care more affordable.

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