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

Detroit regional mass transit plan dead for 2018

June 27, 2018 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Oakland County won’t support putting a $5 billion transit plan on the ballot this fall, leaving Metro Detroit's RTA scrambling to figure out a plan for 2019 or 2020.

Detroit cut a deal to lure the Pistons downtown. Can the team help the city win?

June 20, 2018 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

The nation’s poorest big city gave the Pistons millions in financial incentives. The team is giving big to education, arts and food charities. But is it enough?

Detroit gave big tax breaks for jobs. Too bad they pay so little.

June 20, 2018 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Developments were given tens of millions in tax credits to build in Detroit, only to create jobs that pay $10 an hour. Not enough for residents to enjoy dining or entertainment in their own city. Increasingly, city officials are saying ‘enough.’

Feds: Oakland County’s ‘discriminatory’ housing policies fuel segregation

June 12, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson, Chastity Pratt Dawsey

County officials say they’re blindsided by blistering letter from HUD accusing their housing policies of perpetuating worst regional segregation in nation.

Preschool works wonders for Flint water crisis kids. But funding is running out.

June 6, 2018 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

An innovative –  but expensive preschool –  is showing dramatic gains for youths exposed to lead in Flint. Money for operations runs out next year.

Flint Township tells the world: Please, don’t confuse us with Flint

June 6, 2018 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Flint Township frustrated as effort to change the name, distance itself from city of the same name is stuck in legislature

One year in, Detroit’s QLine falling well short of expectations

May 1, 2018 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

The streetcar system attracted barely half of its projected riders for several months. Operators are confident it will become an asset.

Guns share spotlight with budget woes at Michigan school convention

April 19, 2018 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Amid seminars on retirement costs and finance, budget officials learn how to ward off a gunman during a school conference in Detroit. Another colorful stop on the Michigan Truth Tour.

Plans on track for passenger train from Ann Arbor to Traverse City, group says

April 17, 2018 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Booming tourism in Traverse City and interest justifies daily passenger trains from Ann Arbor through stops to Up North, study shows.

Facing police shortage, Detroit seeks to stop new cops from jumping ship

April 10, 2018 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

For years, Detroit has trained police recruits only to watch them split for the suburbs. A proposed bill would require them to repay the city.

Detroit finally has money to hire teachers. Good luck finding them.

April 3, 2018 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Short on teachers and promising all schools can get gym and art classes next year, Detroit officials are traveling the nation to find teachers

Getting past politics to give Michigan the schools it deserves

March 22, 2018 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey, Mike Wilkinson

Education experts from Massachusetts, Tennessee and across Michigan gathered Thursday in Detroit to plot solutions to Michigan’s public school malaise.

SE Michigan voters could see new mass transit plan on ballot in November

March 15, 2018 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Wayne County Executive Warren Evans unveiled a new Southeast Michigan transportation plan after months of meetings with Macomb and Oakland county leaders

Goodbye to Delray, the Detroit enclave residents are getting paid to leave

March 8, 2018 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Detroit is offering new homes to residents to leave a tucked-away, forlorn corner of the city to make way for the Gordie Howe International Bridge

Fond memories and burned homes: Slideshow

March 8, 2018 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Once a haven for Hungarian immigrants, the slice of Southwest Detroit is hanging by a thread in the future home of the Gordie Howe International Bridge. Explore the neighborhood through this slideshow.

Duggan hits reverse, now supports Gretchen Whitmer for Michigan governor

February 28, 2018 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

A month after trying to woo other Democrats to run against Whitmer, Detroit’s mayor threw his enviable political muscle behind the party frontrunner

Detroit council isn’t a stooge for Mayor Mike Duggan, its president says

February 8, 2018 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Just because the Detroit City Council isn’t a laughingstock doesn’t mean its members are a rubber stamp for the mayor, Brenda Jones insists.

As mass transit talks slow, will Wayne, Washtenaw counties go it alone?

February 6, 2018 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

A few weeks ago, a breakthrough was near for a regional transit plan in southeast Michigan. Now, talks have frayed, and some wonder if a smaller plan is better than none.

Facing deportation, he needs a miracle. A Detroit church may provide one.

January 30, 2018 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

An immigrant housed in a Detroit church to avoid deportation and his supporters talk about fears, hopes and why they think their plan could work

In Michigan, more than 150 communities are financially distressed

January 23, 2018 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Michigan is a tale of two kinds of cities. Some have healthy and diverse economies. Others face deep and long-term financial crisis and depressed local economies. And Detroit, the state’s flagship city, is a complex chowder of economic revival downtown and deeply troubled neighborhoods on the periphery.

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