Bridge Magazine urban affairs reporter Chastity Pratt on Friday was named one of 27 global journalists selected for the Nieman Foundation for Journalism fellowship program at Harvard University.
Among the most prestigious fellowships, the program allows journalists to study and research topics at Harvard for two semesters, participate in Nieman seminars, workshops and master classes and conduct research with Harvard scholars.
Pratt, a decorated journalist who covered education for 20 years, plans to study how government destabilizes urban education and explore ways multimedia storytelling can amplify solutions.
She is part of Nieman’s Class of 2020 that includes journalists from 12 nations, nine states and Washington D.C. The class includes local reporters, foreign correspondents, newsroom executives, producers and Detroit Free Press reporter Matt Dolan.
Pratt joined the staff of Bridge in late 2013, and has won numerous awards for her coverage of education, politics, the Flint Water Crisis, immigration issues and urban affairs.
This week, she won a first-place award from the Detroit Society of Professional Journalists for an article about the planned Gordie Howe International Bridge’s impact on the Delray neighborhood of Detroit.
Pratt came to Bridge from the Detroit Free Press, where her reporting led to the firing and jailing of several officials and inspired the creation of the Detroit Blight Authority.
Pratt is a board member for the Society of Professional Journalists Detroit chapter and is often sought to provide training and moderate discussions for journalism organizations around the country as well as provide on-air analysis for local and national news outlets.
She currently is featured in a PBS series airing this month entitled, “Our Kids” based on a book by the same name authored by Robert Putnam, a retired professor and former dean of the Harvard Kennedy School.
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.