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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or call her at 313-310-7867.
Chastity Pratt Dawsey
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.
December 10, 2015 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey
A new report by education, business, philanthropic and government leaders says Michigan’s rise to an elite state depends on getting far more students to graduate from college or obtain a technical certificate after high school.
November 19, 2015 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey
Cities are turning to this perennial plant as a low-mow solution for maintaining abandoned or vacant properties.
October 27, 2015 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey
There is a growing acknowledgement in Lansing that the debt that accumulated in Detroit’s schools while under state oversight should be borne by the state.
October 22, 2015 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey
The second of three Center for Michigan summits focused on ways to increase upward mobility for Michigan workers.
Low-income people often find it harder to eat well. Classes designed to teach basic cooking skills, and how to find food growing wild on vacant lots, aim to fill the gap.
October 8, 2015 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey
Bowing to complaints about test fatigue, Detroit reins in the amount of time students spend on in-district standardized tests.
September 17, 2015 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey
Residents say additional training, apprenticeship and internship programs will give young and older workers a boost.
September 1, 2015 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey
With heroin and prescription drug abuse at historic levels, lawmakers are pushing for wider access to naloxone, a life-saving antidote, for some drug abusers.
August 11, 2015 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey
Legislators want to stop big box retailers from using a controversial tax strategy that is cutting their property tax payments in half; a maneuver that small towns say is crushing their budgets and spreading to other businesses.