Sarah Betancourt

Reporter, CommonWealth magazine

About Sarah Betancourt

Sarah Betancourt is a bilingual journalist reporting across New England. Prior to joining Commonwealth, Sarah was a reporter for The Associated Press in Boston, and a correspondent with The Boston Globe and The Guardian. She has written about immigration, social justice, and health policy for outlets like NBC, The Boston Institute for Nonprofit Journalism, and the New York Law Journal. Sarah has reported stories such as a national look at teacher shortages, how databases are used by police departments to procure information on immigrants, and uncovered the spread of an infectious disease in children at a family detention center. She has covered the State House, local and national politics, crime and general assignment.

Sarah received a 2018 Investigative Reporters and Editors Award for her role in the ProPublica/NPR story, “They Got Hurt at Work and Then They Got Deported,” which explored how Florida employers and insurance companies were getting out of paying workers compensation benefits by using a state law to ensure injured undocumented workers were arrested or deported. Sarah attended Emerson College for a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Communication, and Columbia University for a fellowship and Master’s degree with the Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism.

About Sarah Betancourt

Sarah Betancourt is a bilingual journalist reporting across New England. Prior to joining Commonwealth, Sarah was a reporter for The Associated Press in Boston, and a correspondent with The Boston Globe and The Guardian. She has written about immigration, social justice, and health policy for outlets like NBC, The Boston Institute for Nonprofit Journalism, and the New York Law Journal. Sarah has reported stories such as a national look at teacher shortages, how databases are used by police departments to procure information on immigrants, and uncovered the spread of an infectious disease in children at a family detention center. She has covered the State House, local and national politics, crime and general assignment.

Sarah received a 2018 Investigative Reporters and Editors Award for her role in the ProPublica/NPR story, “They Got Hurt at Work and Then They Got Deported,” which explored how Florida employers and insurance companies were getting out of paying workers compensation benefits by using a state law to ensure injured undocumented workers were arrested or deported. Sarah attended Emerson College for a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Communication, and Columbia University for a fellowship and Master’s degree with the Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism.

Stories by Sarah Betancourt

Using art to highlight Eastie climate change

At library, ribbons show potential sea level rise

McKinsey & Company expose has ripple effect

Criticism of firm spills over into Mass., presidential campaign

People’s Pledge becomes flashpoint in Senate primary race

Markey, in shift from 2013, wants a carveout for ‘progressive organizations’

Q&A: Business coalition backs pro-immigrant legislation

Andrew Tarsy says group backing Safe Communities Act

Margaret Low hired for WBUR’s top spot

NPR veteran comes from top post with The Atlantic

Opponents fume over Baker vaping ban

Legislation to ban flavored tobacco products the last straw for some

Homeland Security proposes tougher work permit rules for asylum seekers

New policy would double time to acquire employment authorization

Supreme Court hears DACA arguments

Clark: Trump decision to rescind program ‘morally bankrupt’

Advocates call for reforms to aid inmate voting

Group says policies inconsistent across the state

SJC rules Boston police hair test unreliable

Can’t distinguish between external contamination or ingestion

Pressley, immigration services chief tangle at hearing

Cuccinelli: I made medical deferred action decision alone

Over 33,000 immigrants waiting for day in Boston’s immigration court

Recent report shows that court efforts to ease backlog are failing

When will State Police scandals end?

On Beacon Hill, no interest in oversight hearings

Top judges tell ICE: stop deporting our defendants

Gants, Carey hit deportations, say advance notice to courts, DAs needed

Families want to end prison phone call charges

They say steep costs burden efforts to maintain crucial connection

Suffolk sheriff explains decision to cancel ICE ties

‘I was hired to do local, not federal work,’ he says

A side of art with your cup of joe

Coffee shop ‘galleries’ offer opportunity for artists, cool vibe for owners

Senate candidates differ somewhat on filibuster

Kennedy, Liss-Riordan have had enough; Markey less specific

Making housing a Beacon Hill priority

It’s proving hard to get issue onto the urgent to-do list

Pols seek answers on sick immigrant medical program

Pressley, Markey say Trump administration not following through on reinstatement

Suffolk County breakup with ICE a mixed bag

Immigration officials, advocates both wary of decision

Trump: No health insurance, no visa

Local experts call foul, say immigrants don't burden system, but contribute significantly

Walsh flooding the Mass. and Cass zone

Extra street workers, police being deployed to the area

Baker vape ban similar to Zohydro order

Courts ruled against Patrick attempt to ban drug’s sale

Markey, Kennedy participate at immigration roundtable

Focus on Trump administration’s cap on refugee admissions

Climate change news coverage shifts

Spate of stories explore the local angle

4 municipalities pitching T on ferry service

Lynn mayor says MBTA's rules for pilots don’t make it easy