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

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.

Detroit is violent. But is constant video surveillance the answer?

January 11, 2018 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Police state or good government? That’s the debate as Detroit considers requiring businesses install live camera feeds.

Breakthrough nears on mass transit tax in southeast Michigan

January 4, 2018 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Elected officials this month to propose changes to the Regional Transit Authority in anticipation of November tax request.

Digital distress: Affordable Internet an equity issue in Michigan

December 7, 2017 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

The digital divide is real. And poor residents are being left behind.

Garlin Gilchrist to seek recount in Detroit clerk loss

November 21, 2017 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Detroit city clerk candidate who lost by 1,482 votes wants absentee votes recounted.

A lawsuit and recount threats. Yes, it’s Detroit post-election season.

November 20, 2017 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Democracy isn’t pretty. It’s even less so in Detroit, so experts are urging audits of balloting to restore faith in elections.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan wins big. Does he have a mandate?

November 8, 2017 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Few surprises in Detroit, Flint and other cities. Here are takeaways from Tuesday’s elections.

American dream, Mexican nightmare: A Michigan mom’s life after deportation.

November 2, 2017 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

She grew up in America, married an American and had an American baby. Her story could hold lessons to Dreamers worried about deportation. (video)

They grew up in the United States. They’re finding a better life abroad.

November 2, 2017 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Undocumented immigrants are increasingly ‘self-deporting,’ returning to Mexico or other countries and forsaking the American Dream. (video)

Detroit deportee adjusts to Mexico’s poverty. 'You can’t believe it'

November 2, 2017 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Deportation split his family in two. Now, he’s surrounded by shanties and homes without running water. (video)

Diary of a longshot: Inside Coleman Young’s no-frills bid for Detroit mayor.

October 10, 2017 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

He has a name, but little money. So Young relies on his speeches in his uphill climb to unseat incumbent Mayor Mike Duggan.

A Michigan deportee adjusts to Mexico. ‘I don’t wish this on anybody’

October 3, 2017 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Raised in America, a young Detroit woman is a stranger in a violent land in Mexico after she is deported.

Promises, meet reality: Measuring Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan’s first term.

September 28, 2017 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Bridge Magazine scours State of City speeches to filter fact from promises of Detroit’s mayor.

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