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

Truth Squad | Bill Schuette goes low, accusing Whitmer of terror sympathy

September 12, 2018 | Ron French, Chastity Pratt Dawsey

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

Is lead in your Michigan school’s water? Chances are, nobody knows.

September 7, 2018 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey, Samana Sheikh

As state bills requiring school water tests stall, Detroit’s voluntary testing raises questions about lead in schools across Michigan.

Michigan voters to governor candidates: Fix the roads, schools, insurance

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.

Michigan is failing its students, as state test scores keep tanking

August 29, 2018 | Ron French, Mike Wilkinson, Chastity Pratt Dawsey

M-STEP results show 1-in-3 third-graders are not proficient in reading. The bad news extends across grades and subjects, impacting white, black and Hispanic students. What should state do now?

Database: Check out your Michigan school and district M-STEP scores

August 29, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson, Ron French, Chastity Pratt Dawsey

See how students in your schools performed in reading language arts, math and other subjects this past school year

Poor people at risk of eviction as tax credits expire and Detroit revives

August 21, 2018 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Detroit city officials, housing advocates and developers are scrambling to preserve low-income housing as tax credits expire in the city’s trendiest neighborhoods.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan flexes clout, mostly scores with Dem wins

August 8, 2018 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey, Joel Kurth

The mayor got behind Gretchen Whitmer and targeted lawmakers who fought auto insurance reforms. But Duggan candidates had some big misses, too.

Gretchen Whitmer and Bill Schuette, ideological opposites, face off for governor

August 8, 2018 | Riley Beggin, Lindsay VanHulle, Ted Roelofs, Chastity Pratt Dawsey

The Democratic and Republican frontrunners swamped their party rivals and now bring starkly different visions for curing all that ails Michigan

Eight takeaways from Michigan’s gubernatorial primary

August 8, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle, Riley Beggin, Ted Roelofs, Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Can a Trump-centric platform win in November? Where do progressives go from here? Did Michigan pollsters redeem themselves? Bridge answers the burning questions from Tuesday’s primary races.

Where Michigan governor candidates stand on problems plaguing cities

August 3, 2018 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Michigan governor candidates talk about how to solve city-specific problems related to revenue sharing, auto insurance reform, poverty and more.

Race, religion could decide who replaces John Conyers Jr. in Congress

August 3, 2018 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Six candidates vie Tuesday to succeed the civil rights icon from Michigan who stepped down last year. Here’s what voters need to know.

John Conyers’ son rejected again in bid for U.S. Congress

July 31, 2018 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Clerk says John Conyers III can’t run as an Independent. His last shot to fill his father’s seat would be a write-in campaign.

It’s official: No vote this year for transit fixes in southeast Michigan

July 19, 2018 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

The Regional Transit Authority board’s inaction Thursday means that yet another proposal to improve regional transportation has died.

It’s Detroit vs. everybody again, thanks to transit tax and city comeback.

July 17, 2018 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Jobs are leaving the suburbs for Detroit, reviving age-old ‘us versus them’ feuding among regional leaders.

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

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