Sarah Betancourt

Reporter, CommonWealth

About Sarah Betancourt

Sarah Betancourt is a long-time Latina reporter in Massachusetts. Prior to joining Commonwealth, Sarah was a breaking news reporter for The Associated Press in Boston, and a correspondent with The Boston Globe and The Guardian. She has written about immigration, incarceration, 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 long-time Latina reporter in Massachusetts. Prior to joining Commonwealth, Sarah was a breaking news reporter for The Associated Press in Boston, and a correspondent with The Boston Globe and The Guardian. She has written about immigration, incarceration, 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

DOC: Few prisoners would qualify for home confinement

Estimates 20 to 25 inmates of 6,700 would be released at a time during pandemic

Police reform milestones and missed opportunities

Many issues are shunted off to commissions, committees

Compromise police reform bill reported out

Bill punts issue of qualified police immunity to commission

Elite artists face challenges on green cards

How do you prove ‘extraordinary ability’ during pandemic?

Out-of-pocket COVID-19 test costs piling up

Get tested is the mantra, but it’s not always free

ICE arrests man in East Boston park

Agency says Guatemalan immigrant was in US illegally

COVID-19 cases at MCI-Norfolk rise to 172

Pressley, Rollins press Baker to release inmates

DeLeo backs budget debate on abortion access

Last week he said spending bill not the place for policy reforms

Election result draws tear-filled cheers — and jeers

Biden and Trump supporters gather in downtown Boston

Baker presses for in-person learning

'The time to get kids back to school is now,' says Riley

COVID-19 cases jump as new rules take effect

115 cases in October traced to places of worship

Judge rejects pretrial restrictions on Walsh

Holyoke Soldiers’ Home officials plead not guilty

COVID-19 cases balloon at MCI-Norfolk

After governor’s remarks, all staff being tested

Trump and Biden differ sharply on immigration policy

Maintaining a hard line versus expanding pathways for foreign arrivals

DeLeo, Spilka promise abortion debate in lame duck session

See threat to women’s reproductive rights at national level