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

In Flint, questions about Legionnaires’ death toll

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.

Legionnaires’ disease timeline

June 28, 2016 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Bertie Marble’s 2015 death coincided with a trio of emergencies in Genesee County: the Flint water crisis, an increase in pneumonia and flu deaths, and a deadly Legionnaires’ outbreak

Down and out in purest Michigan

June 21, 2016 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

In a U.P. forest, the “‘hood in the woods” has struggled to build a real community on an abandoned military base. The results so far are mixed

In Saginaw, parks and wreck

May 12, 2016 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Saginaw’s recreation department was eliminated following cuts to state revenue sharing money, which used to be the city’s biggest funding sourc

People need jobs. Factories need workers. Busing, a love story.

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.

State launches investigation into Detroit charter school

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

One poor neighborhood, one struggling school

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?

A Bridge Q-and-A with Detroit’s Big 3 education chiefs

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

Detroit schools and the $715-million Band-Aid

March 17, 2016 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Seven reasons why Detroit Public Schools (and other Michigan districts) are destined for future deficits, even if their debts are erased now

What Flint lost

February 16, 2016 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

After more than a year of misinformation, Flint residents say they can no longer trust anything the government tells them. Paranoia? Or history?

Empathy, action, truth: How crisis communications might save Flint

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.

Two candidates emerge to run Detroit schools after EM’s exit

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.

Pit bulls versus everybody. Should they be banned?

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.

Sink or swim: Higher education is key to Michigan’s future

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.

To rebuild Detroit, restore the schools

December 1, 2015 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

As state leaders contemplate the next, new education plan for Detroit students, parents warn that more families will leave if the schools don’t improve.

Amid Flint’s water crisis, a quiet success story

November 19, 2015 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Flint has seen roughly 30 percent of its blighted homes demolished since 2014, exceeding the city’s goals when it received federal funds to fight blight.

Why Flint is planting clover, rather than grass, on vacant lots

November 19, 2015 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Cities are turning to this perennial plant as a low-mow solution for maintaining abandoned or vacant properties.

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