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, or call her at 313-310-7867.
Chastity Pratt Dawsey
August 4, 2016 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey
A school run by former Detroit city councilwoman Sharon McPhail is fined after a Bridge investigation revealed she is unlicensed
August 2, 2016 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey
Detroit’s school board will have power limits unlike other districts across Michigan. Some fear that those restrictions will scare off strong candidate
June 28, 2016 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey
Bertie Marble’s death certificate points to pneumonia. But an attorney for her family, and her own medical records, raise questions about whether she was an uncounted victim of Legionnaires’ disease. Experts say toll may be far larger.
May 10, 2016 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey
A partnership is connecting poor, hard-to-employ Flint residents with a factory hungry for workers in Howell. How a public-private transportation program is helping both sides thrive.
April 14, 2016 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey
In the aftermath of Bridge’s story on the Detroit Community Schools, the Michigan Department of Education is checking for certification violations
April 12, 2016 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey
A low-achieving Detroit charter, now run by former city councilwoman Sharon McPhail and administrators with checkered pasts, is the only high school in Brightmoor. Other city neighborhoods face a glut of schools. Can a new commission bring order to Detroit’s chaotic school landscape?
March 31, 2016 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey
It’s a high-powered trio presiding over huge changes for Detroit’s public school system. Judge Steven Rhodes, interim Supt. Alycia Meriweather and EAA chief Veronica Conforme reveal their priorities in the push to finally fix city schools
February 16, 2016 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey
Experts say the key to rebuilding trust is skilled crisis management, but that’s not happening in Flint, at least not yet.
February 3, 2016 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey
Some are questioning whether either Tonya Allen or Charlie Beckham have the education experience necessary to lead the struggling district.
January 28, 2016 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey
In the aftermath of two grisly deaths, some cities defend laws restricting pit bulls, even as a bill in Lansing would strip local governments from being able to ban specific breeds.