via Rick Pluta, Managing Editor and State Capitol bureau Chief, MPRN
As a prosecutor, Cheyna Roth stayed busy putting away the bad guys. Now, she’s turning those skills to covering government and politics as the new state Capitol correspondent for the Michigan Public Radio Network (MPRN).
“As a lawyer I only ever got to tell one side of a story, but as a journalist I’m able to use the analytical skills I learned in the legal profession to dig into all sides of an issue,” she says.
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 says. “Listening to the stories and amazing quality of radio production was a real catalyst for my leaving the legal field to pursue journalism. Every morning and evening I would listen and say, ‘I want to do that.’ To have the opportunity to work in public radio is quite a dream come true.”
Roth, 27, 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.
Roth will focus on covering the Legislature and criminal justice issues in her new role with MPRN.