Cheyna Roth

The Michigan Public Radio Network is sad to announce that Capitol Bureau reporter Cheyna Roth has left the network to join MLive in Grand Rapids as an investigative reporter.

MPRN State Capitol Bureau Chief/Managing Editor Rick Pluta said, “Cheyna’s been a great partner to work with. I know that respect for her is shared by the members of the state Capitol press corps, the people she covered and our MPRN stations. Please join me in extending our thanks, best wishes and (as we used to say in the wire services) happy landings.”

In a note to MPRN member stations, Roth wrote,  “Working with you all has been a wonderful adventure. While I’ve gotten to know some of you more than others, I can truly say that it has been an honor to work with each of you. Thank you for your patience, your kindness, and your sense of humor. While my focus shifts to Grand Rapids (and to print), please know that I am always available to you and can think of nothing I’d love more than to make a guest appearance on your air again, or even better, collaborate on a story.”

Roth started her new position in MLive on December 16.

Prior to joining MPRN in 2016, Roth was an assistant prosecutor in Ionia County handling a lot of prisoner misconduct cases when she decided, after about a year and a half, that her passion was story-telling.

“NPR got me through an almost hour long commute every day,” she said. “Listening to the stories and amazing quality of radio production was a real catalyst for my leaving the legal field to pursue journalism.”

Roth returned to school and graduated in 2016 with a master’s degree in journalism from Michigan State University. During grad school, she interned with Michigan Radio, and post-graduation, her freelance career included multi-media reporting for WKAR and researching and producing a documentary on an ex-con’s experiences teaching life lessons to kids in Flint.