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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or call her at 313-310-7867.
June 28, 2016 | Chastity Pratt
Bertie Marble’s death certificate points to pneumonia. But an attorney for her family, and her own medical records, raise questions about whether she was an uncounted victim of Legionnaires’ disease. Experts say toll may be far larger.
May 10, 2016 | Chastity Pratt
A partnership is connecting poor, hard-to-employ Flint residents with a factory hungry for workers in Howell. How a public-private transportation program is helping both sides thrive.
April 14, 2016 | Chastity Pratt
In the aftermath of Bridge’s story on the Detroit Community Schools, the Michigan Department of Education is checking for certification violations
April 12, 2016 | Chastity Pratt
A low-achieving Detroit charter, now run by former city councilwoman Sharon McPhail and administrators with checkered pasts, is the only high school in Brightmoor. Other city neighborhoods face a glut of schools. Can a new commission bring order to Detroit’s chaotic school landscape?
March 31, 2016 | Chastity Pratt
It’s a high-powered trio presiding over huge changes for Detroit’s public school system. Judge Steven Rhodes, interim Supt. Alycia Meriweather and EAA chief Veronica Conforme reveal their priorities in the push to finally fix city schools
February 16, 2016 | Chastity Pratt
Experts say the key to rebuilding trust is skilled crisis management, but that’s not happening in Flint, at least not yet.
February 3, 2016 | Chastity Pratt
Some are questioning whether either Tonya Allen or Charlie Beckham have the education experience necessary to lead the struggling district.
January 28, 2016 | Chastity Pratt
In the aftermath of two grisly deaths, some cities defend laws restricting pit bulls, even as a bill in Lansing would strip local governments from being able to ban specific breeds.
December 10, 2015 | Chastity Pratt
A new report by education, business, philanthropic and government leaders says Michigan’s rise to an elite state depends on getting far more students to graduate from college or obtain a technical certificate after high school.
November 19, 2015 | Chastity Pratt
Cities are turning to this perennial plant as a low-mow solution for maintaining abandoned or vacant properties.
October 27, 2015 | Chastity Pratt
There is a growing acknowledgement in Lansing that the debt that accumulated in Detroit’s schools while under state oversight should be borne by the state.
October 22, 2015 | Chastity Pratt
The second of three Center for Michigan summits focused on ways to increase upward mobility for Michigan workers.
Low-income people often find it harder to eat well. Classes designed to teach basic cooking skills, and how to find food growing wild on vacant lots, aim to fill the gap.