Chastity Pratt

Chastity Pratt 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’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

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

September 7, 2018 | Chastity Pratt

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

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

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

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, 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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