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
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.’
County officials say they’re blindsided by blistering letter from HUD accusing their housing policies of perpetuating worst regional segregation in nation.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Education experts from Massachusetts, Tennessee and across Michigan gathered Thursday in Detroit to plot solutions to Michigan’s public school malaise.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
January 11, 2018 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey
Police state or good government? That’s the debate as Detroit considers requiring businesses install live camera feeds.
January 4, 2018 | Chastity Pratt Dawsey
Elected officials this month to propose changes to the Regional Transit Authority in anticipation of November tax request.