Kat Stafford, Detroit Free Press

Kat Stafford

Detroit Free Press

Detroit, MI, United States

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Recent articles by Katrease:

Detroit contractor resigns from board after demolishing wrong home

The resignation comes more than a year after the Free Press first reported ethical concerns about the appointment of contractors to the board. → Read More

Detroit's largest demolition contractor demolishes the wrong home — again

Detroit-based Adamo Group has been awarded more than $58.6 million to perform thousands of federally and city-funded demolitions since 2014. → Read More

Why Detroit City Council rejected Mayor Duggan's $250M blight bond proposal

The surprise loss highlights a breakdown of trust in Duggan’s administration and exposes a new vulnerability in the mayor’s office. → Read More

Detroit City Council votes down Mayor Duggan's $250M bond proposal

Mayor Mike Duggan's administration has been advocating for the bond to achieve its goal of removing the city's residential blight by mid-2025. → Read More

City of Detroit sits on records request for Make Your Date emails for 6 months

Legal experts said the city's sluggish response is outrageous. The Free Press submitted the FOIA request for Make Your Date emails in May. → Read More

Congresswoman wants soil tested on thousands of Detroit blight demolition sites

Soil testing could be a significant undertaking because of the voluminous amount of federally-funded demolitions that have occurred in Detroit. → Read More

Attorney General search warrant sought emails involving Duggan, Alexis Wiley and others

The search was conducted on Friday as part of a criminal investigation into the deletion of city emails involving Make Your Date → Read More

Detroit City Council postpones $250M bond vote citing serious concerns

The contentious Detroit City Council vote had been postponed at least two times prior to Tuesday, according to the city clerk's office. → Read More

Michigan Attorney General executes search warrant at Detroit City Hall

A spokesman for Nessel could not describe what authorities took from City Hall, nor could he say to what investigation the search warrant is connected → Read More

Detroit demolition program mismanaged, riddled with problems, auditor says

The scathing audit found city agencies and departments failed to provide oversight and did not fully comply with some local and state laws. → Read More

As Mayor Mike Duggan touts Make Your Date's success, Detroit's preterm birth rate spikes

The spike in Detroit's preterm birth rate comes as Mayor Mike Duggan defends the city's handpicked program to address the problem. → Read More

Duggan will not punish chief of staff Alexis Wiley over deleted emails, orders training

The Detroit Inspector General report concluded Mayor Mike Duggan provided preferential treatment to Make Your Date. → Read More

Report: Duggan gave program preferential treatment, chief of staff ordered emails deleted

The revelation that Alexis Wiley was behind the mysteriously deleted emails was one of several instances of misconduct cited in the report. → Read More

Attorney General: Controversial Detroit program not a charitable organization

The Attorney General's Office reviewed Make Your Date's status following reports that Duggan ordered city staff to raise money for the organization. → Read More

Trucking company owner named in demolition of state rep's Detroit home

Detroit Police Chief James Craig said Sherman Gipson, owner of Gipson Brothers Trucking, has told police he was responsible for the demolition. → Read More

Person identified in mysterious demolition of state rep's Detroit home

Michigan State Rep. Sherry Gay-Dagnogo said she met with police Tuesday night and was told an individual has been identified. → Read More

Debris from mysterious Detroit demolition of state rep's home found 21 miles away

Waste Management is cooperating with the criminal investigation, a spokesperson said. → Read More

State rep. grills Duggan administration on mysterious demolition of home

A criminal investigation has been launched into the mysterious demolition of Michigan state rep. Sherry Gay-Dagnogo's house. → Read More

State rep's Detroit home mysteriously torn down — and officials don't know why

A home owned by Michigan State Rep. Sherry Gay-Dagnogo was mysteriously torn down nearly two weeks ago. Detroit officials are investigating. → Read More

Detroit City Council aims to address big issues facing Detroiters with 'People's Bills'

Many of the bills that Detroit City Council President Pro Tem Mary Sheffield introduced last year have since been approved. → Read More