MichMash Digs Into State of the State In Hour-Long Special

Cheyna Roth and Jake Neher talk with a longtime capitol reporter, a business owner, an environmentalist, teachers, and more.

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There will be a lot to unpack as soon as Gov. Gretchen Whitmer begins her first State of the State address on Tuesday night. This administration represents a major crossroads in Michigan policy and politics.

Will we continue in the direction we’re headed in terms of the economy, the environment, education, and other key areas that matter deeply to Michigan residents?

Will a Democrat in the governor’s office mean a complete reversal in some or all of these areas?

We may get a sense of that from the State of the State speech itself. In the meantime, what role do Michigan residents hope a new governor will take on these issues?

Cheyna Roth and Jake Neher speak with a business owner in Detroit, an environmental justice activist, and a pair of teachers in an hour-long special edition of MichMash. And they preview the State of the State address itself with Gongwer news service editor Zach Gorchow, who has covered many of these speeches.

Click on the audio player above to hear those conversations.

You can hear live coverage of the State of the State Address hosted by Cheyna Roth and WDET’s Laura Weber Davis on 101.9FM Tuesday night at 7 p.m.


  • Cheyna Roth
    Cheyna has interned with Michigan Radio and freelanced for WKAR public radio in Lansing. She's also done some online freelancing and worked on documentary films.
  • Jake Neher
    Jake Neher is senior producer for Detroit Today and host of MichMash for 101.9 WDET. He previously reported on the Michigan Legislature for the Michigan Public Radio Network.