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
February 19, 2019 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey
My kids are in one of Michigan’s best districts. Their African-American history class included ‘Boyz n the Hood’ and a documentary about gangs. We can do better as we celebrate Black History Month.
February 19, 2019 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey
A new report says Detroit is 25 percent middle class and needs 27,000 new black families earning $46,000 or more to stabilize neighborhoods.
February 12, 2019 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey
A nationally known urbanist and Detroit’s planning director debate how excited to get about the city’s comeback. Surprise, surprise. They disagree.
January 16, 2019 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey
For the fourth time in 300 years, Detroit has convened a group to examine changes to its governing structure. But even commissioners acknowledge their mission is unclear.
November 27, 2018 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan’s marquee project to revitalize the Fitzgerald neighborhood is far behind schedule. What does that mean for the rest of the city?
Welcome, legalized pot. So long, gerrymandering. Democrats and women score big victories, as ballot measures all pass. Republicans hold onto Legislature, promising divided government.
Here’s what you can - and cannot - do now that voters have overwhelmingly approved recreational marijuana
October 22, 2018 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey
Ministers call on Republican John James to denounce ad running on Detroit-area station that equates pro-choice politics with killing black babies.
October 18, 2018 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey
Foundation started by the late Buffalo Bills owner and Michigander Ralph Wilson donated the funds to develop the waterfront park
October 16, 2018 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey
Michigan lawmakers propose bills to get rid of cash bail, but can they get it done before time runs out?
October 8, 2018 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey
A Gretchen Whitmer ad goes beyond criticizing Schuette for his efforts to abolish the ACA. She says he favors letting insurance companies decide whether to cover people with pre-existing medical conditions.
Candidates for Michigan governor say they can help crisis of Detroit kids switching schools too often, tanking test scores.
Streamlining records, expanding transportation, improving staffing are some of the ways schools can improve when populations frequently change.
Dozens of different companies operate schools in Detroit and rarely share information, so educators often don’t know if children transferred or are in grave danger.
Highly transient populations in Detroit make classroom cohesion difficult, adding yet another challenge atop many others for teachers.
One in three elementary school students changes schools every year in Detroit, a city with so many school options that choice has become a big reason test scores are so low.
September 27, 2018 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey
The project, supported by Wayne County Jail officials, is part of a movement to eliminate cash bail to avoid disparities between those who can pay and those who can’t while they await their day in court.
Why talk about Michigan potholes when you can attack your opponent about Middle East terrorism? Bill Schuette goes for the jugular, and earns a misleading rating from Truth Squad
As state bills requiring school water tests stall, Detroit’s voluntary testing raises questions about lead in schools across Michigan.
September 7, 2018 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey
At a recent Truth Tour stop, voters tell Bridge their concerns mostly align with top issues identified by Bill Schuette and Gretchen Whitmer in their campaigns for governor.