Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Chastity Pratt Dawsey covers Michigan’s cities and urban affairs for Bridge. She joined the Bridge team from the The Detroit Free Press after more than a decade of providing authoritative coverage of Detroit Public Schools. She has broken many of the biggest stories regarding education in the state’s largest city over the past decade. Pratt Dawsey’s work also has appeared in USA Today, Essence Magazine and the Investigative Reporters & Editors Journal. Before the Free Press, the native Detroiter was a reporter at Newsday in Long Island, NY, and The Oregonian newspaper in Portland. She started her career as an intern at The New York Times. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English and Communications from the University of Michigan. You can reach Chastity via email at cpratt@bridgemi.com, or call her at 313-310-7867.

Articles

Digital distress: Affordable Internet an equity issue in Michigan

December 7, 2017 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

The digital divide is real. And poor residents are being left behind.

Garlin Gilchrist to seek recount in Detroit clerk loss

November 21, 2017 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Detroit city clerk candidate who lost by 1,482 votes wants absentee votes recounted.

A lawsuit and recount threats. Yes, it’s Detroit post-election season.

November 20, 2017 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Democracy isn’t pretty. It’s even less so in Detroit, so experts are urging audits of balloting to restore faith in elections.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan wins big. Does he have a mandate?

November 8, 2017 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Few surprises in Detroit, Flint and other cities. Here are takeaways from Tuesday’s elections.

American dream, Mexican nightmare: A Michigan mom’s life after deportation.

November 2, 2017 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

She grew up in America, married an American and had an American baby. Her story could hold lessons to Dreamers worried about deportation. (video)

They grew up in the United States. They’re finding a better life abroad.

November 2, 2017 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Undocumented immigrants are increasingly ‘self-deporting,’ returning to Mexico or other countries and forsaking the American Dream. (video)

Detroit deportee adjusts to Mexico’s poverty. 'You can’t believe it'

November 2, 2017 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Deportation split his family in two. Now, he’s surrounded by shanties and homes without running water. (video)

Diary of a longshot: Inside Coleman Young’s no-frills bid for Detroit mayor.

October 10, 2017 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

He has a name, but little money. So Young relies on his speeches in his uphill climb to unseat incumbent Mayor Mike Duggan.

A Michigan deportee adjusts to Mexico. ‘I don’t wish this on anybody’

October 3, 2017 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Raised in America, a young Detroit woman is a stranger in a violent land in Mexico after she is deported.

Promises, meet reality: Measuring Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan’s first term.

September 28, 2017 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Bridge Magazine scours State of City speeches to filter fact from promises of Detroit’s mayor.

Reefer madness in Michigan. Marijuana shops face hazy future.

September 19, 2017 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Cloud of confusion envelopes statewide industry. Michigan tells pot shops to close doors, while Detroit may open more.

Michigan has barely made any money off marijuana. That ends next year.

September 19, 2017 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

A 3 percent tax next year could allow dispensaries to operate legally and generate money for the state and cities that allow the pot shops.

Michigan medical marijuana 101: A primer.

September 19, 2017 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

There’s a lot of moving parts as the state moves to shore up the ‘wild west’ industry. Here’s what you need to know.

Nikolai Vitti loves a challenge. He has one at Detroit Public Schools.

September 5, 2017 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Detroit’s new superintendent sits for a Q&A about school closures, test scores, lead in drinking fountains and early conflict-of-interest questions.

Michigan failing its special needs children, parents and studies say.

August 10, 2017 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Federal officials say Michigan isn’t properly educating students with disabilities. Parents blame cost cutting.

Lessons learned: Big money alone can’t fix public schools

July 27, 2017 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Some of Michigan’s top foundations invested millions of dollars to improve Detroit education. The group they formed has closed quietly, falling well short of its goals.

Who’s certified to run Michigan’s schools? Nobody knows

June 20, 2017 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

A state effort is underway to track school superintendents, principals.

Can Peters and Stabenow help Michigan in a GOP Congress?

June 15, 2017 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

The state’s two U.S. Senators, both Democrats, tell Bridge and the Detroit Journalism Cooperative how they plan to improve Michigan’s economy, and the challenges they face when their party is not in power.  

One envelope holds her fate. Is she getting deported today?

May 30, 2017 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

A Michigan woman brings hope and a duffel bag to the airport on what could be her last day in only country she’s known since she was a baby.

More showings added for documentary on ‘67 Detroit uprisings

May 18, 2017 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

The documentary, produced by the Detroit Free Press in partnership with Bridge Magazine is selling out fast. A Bridge/DJC book examining the violence that shook Detroit 50 years ago is available now.

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