Jake Neher

Jake Neher is a state Capitol reporter for the Michigan Public Radio Network. 

He joined MPRN in September of 2012. Before that he served as a reporter and anchor for WFUV Public Radio in the Bronx, New York, and as News Director for KBRW Public Radio in Barrow, Alaska. He has been working in radio in some capacity since he was 15 years old.

A native of southeast Michigan, Jake graduated from Central Michigan University in 2010. He has a master's degree in public communications from Fordham University.

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Businesses in Michigan are not required to provide paid parental leave to employees. As part of the weekly series MichMash… Cheyna Roth and Jake Neher speak with Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist about his efforts to change that.

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The auto industry is making an effort to manufacture the medical supplies and equipment desperately needed during the coronavirus pandemic.

As part of the weekly series MichMash, Cheyna Roth and Jake Neher talk about what that effort actually looks like.

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The coronavirus pandemic has been and will continue to be disastrous for small businesses across Michigan. As part of the weekly series MichMash, Cheyna Roth and Jake Neher highlight some of the local efforts to help businesses get through this crisis.

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The spread of COVID-19 is forcing many cultural organizations and artists to cancel events and close their doors to the public.

As part of the weekly series MichMash, Jake Neher and Cheyna Roth speak with WDET’s Ryan Patrick Hooper about what this means for the future of the arts in Michigan.

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Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has ordered all public, private, and boarding schools across the state closed to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. They will stay closed until at least April 6th.

As part of the weekly series MichMash, Cheyna Roth and Jake Neher talk about what this will mean for families.

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Ex-offenders face many obstacles when they’re released from prison. It’s especially hard for people with felonies on their records to find a place to live.

As part of the weekly series MichMash, Cheyna Roth and Jake Neher talk about how that problem plays out  in Michigan.

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There’s a new push to close a wide gap in state funding for universities. Oakland University says no school should get less than $4,500 per student.

As part of the weekly series MichMash, Jake Neher and Cheyna Roth talk about what you need to know about higher education funding in Michigan.

Water levels are rising along Michigan’s shorelines. It’s a fact that has dominated the headlines recently – including stories of people’s houses potentially falling into the Great Lakes. But for those living in landlocked areas of the state, you might not realize that those costal problems affect you too.

As part of the weekly series MichMash, MLive’s Cheyna Roth and WDET’s Jake Neher take a statewide look at the rising waters.

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In her response to the State of the Union Address Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer said many Michiganders aren’t feeling the benefits of a growing economy.

As part of the weekly series MichMash, Jake Neher and Cheyna Roth talk with Michigan State University economist Charles Ballard about whether that’s true.

You can hear their full conversation with MSU economist Charles Ballard on the MichMash podcast, available wherever you get your podcasts.

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Cell phones are now allowed in all Michigan state courts.

As part of the weekly series MichMash Jake Neher and Cheyna Roth talk about why that matters to just about everyone in Michigan.

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 Local officials across Michigan are concerned about what a recession would mean for their communities.

As part of the weekly series MichMash Cheyna Roth and Jake Neher talk about what cities are doing to prepare for a possible economic downturn in 2020.

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It’s been a year since the Michigan Legislature’s record-breaking lame duck session that saw more than 300 bills fly through the House and Senate. 

Lawmakers approved controversial measures making it harder to launch successful citizen petition campaigns, removing protections for wetlands, and gutting the state’s new minimum wage and paid sick leave laws. As part of the weekly series MichMash, Cheyna Roth and Jake Neher explain that the state is still grappling with the implementation of many of those laws.

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It’s been a year since the Michigan Legislature’s record-breaking lame duck session that saw more than 300 bills fly through the House and Senate. 

Lawmakers approved controversial measures making it harder to launch successful citizen petition campaigns, removing protections for wetlands, and gutting the state’s new minimum wage and paid sick leave laws. As part of the weekly series MichMash, Cheyna Roth and Jake Neher explain that the state is still grappling with the implementation of many of those laws.

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Online gambling and sports betting could soon be legal in Michigan. As part of the weekly series MichMash, Jake Neher and Cheyna Roth talk about why gambling is becoming more of a sure bet at the state Capitol.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Governor Whitmer has eliminated funding for Pure Michigan. It was one of almost 150 line-item vetoes Whitmer made before signing the new state budget.

As part of the weekly series MichMash, Jake Neher and Cheyna Roth talk with Gongwer’s Alethia Kasben  about what that means for the state’s popular tourism campaign.

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The October First deadline to pass a state budget and avoid a partial government shutdown is fast approaching in Michigan.

As part of the weekly series MichMash, Jake Neher and Cheyna Roth talk about Republican attempts to scale back funding for Michigan’s new redistricting commission.

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Michigan lawmakers have struck a deal to fund K-12 schools when the new fiscal year starts in October. House Democrats negotiated the deal with the Republican majority… without Governor Gretchen Whitmer at the table.

 

As part of the weekly series MichMash, Cheyna Roth and Jake Neher talk about how that might affect the governor’s ability to get things done going forward.

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There are many ways interest groups try to get lawmakers to pay attention to their pet issues. Some hold rallies on the state Capitol lawn. Others choose to operate behind-the-scenes.

As part of the weekly series MichMash, Jake Neher and Cheyna Roth talk about the record amount of money lobbyists are spending at restaurants in 2019 to influence state policy.

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Supporters of the vaping industry in Michigan are threatening legal action over a plan to ban flavored vaping products.

As part of the weekly series MichMash, Cheyna Roth and Jake Neher talk about what authority the governor has to ban an entire product in the name of public health.

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Supporters of the vaping industry in Michigan are threatening legal action over a plan to ban flavored vaping products.

As part of the weekly series MichMash, Cheyna Roth and Jake Neher talk about what authority the governor has to ban an entire product in the name of public health.

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April of next year marks the six-year anniversary of the start of the Flint Water Crisis. That’s significant… because state law gives prosecutors six years to charge public officials for misconduct.

As part of the weekly series MichMash, Jake Neher and Cheyna Roth talk about an effort to extend the statute of limitations in those cases.

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Michigan lawmakers are back to work after their summer break. The clock is ticking to get a state budget done before the new fiscal year starts in October.

As part of the weekly series MichMash, Cheyna Roth and Jake Neher talk about what happens if it doesn’t get done.

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Aug 16, 2019
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Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson has promised to significantly reduce wait times at branch offices. But that hasn’t happened yet.

As part of the weekly series MichMash… Jake Neher and Cheyna Roth talk with Riley Begin of Bridge Magazine about how that effort is going.

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  The annual Mackinac Policy Conference is a gathering of thousands of politicians and business leaders at the Grand Hotel. As part of the weekly series MichMash, Jake Neher and Cheyna Roth talk with former Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley, who’s now President of the Small Business Association of Michigan. They talk about why it’s worth paying attention to what happens at the conference each year. 

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