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

‘Nip’ ban having an impact in Chelsea

Cause disputed, but public drunkenness and litter way down

Pepper-sprayed man accuses Northampton of racial bias

Files suit against city, police chief over 2017 incident

Advocates decry new immigration rules

They say ‘public charge’ could scare thousands from tapping needed benefits

Police group blasts Warren over Ferguson comments

Tweet at odds with Justice Department report on Michael Brown death

New rule could deny more immigrants green cards

Receipt of food stamps, Medicaid would be grounds to reject applications

Moulton soldiers on despite lack of traction

Recalls he was way behind in initial congressional bid

Bump rejects Holyoke CC bookstore privatization

College says decision will have big financial impact

Union charges Globe with unfair labor practice

Firm takes wage hike off the table, proposes severance cuts

Waltham company supplying DNA test kits to ICE

Used to verify whether families at border are biologically related

McGrath provides services for women leaving prison

Goal is to keep participants from ending up in jail again

Are vaccines a religious matter?

Vargas says world’s religions don’t oppose vaccinations

Local Puerto Ricans join calls for island governor to quit

Massachusetts residents part of wave of protest over chats, corruption

Immigrant advocates slam Trump asylum changes

Claim president can’t change a law with a regulation

ACLU files suit to block restrictive new asylum rules

Trump administration regulations would be biggest overhaul to system since 1965

Trump’s racist comments challenge Republicans, media

In calling out bigotry, some are direct, others dodge

Encore pulls in $16.7 million during opening week

Everett casino spins off $4.2 million in tax revenue

ACLU sues MassDOT over surveillance data

Accuses agency of sharing RMV photos with feds

Journalists describe low pay, long hours

Bill to create commission on journalism gets a 2nd hearing

In Holyoke, arts education takes front seat

Non-profit helps integrate creativity into the regular curriculum

Trahan filing bill, ignores Pence’s assurances

Bill would alert Congress of migrant deaths, trigger hearings

Mass. businesses paid $180 million by border patrol agency

Contracts range from tech companies to Brigham and Women’s Hospital and doggie day care

Liss-Riordan slams Markey on 1970s stand on busing

Primary challenger spurred by Harris attack on Biden

Supreme Court holds up citizenship question on census

Trump seeks delay following victory for Democratic AGs

Could Warren-Castro be the ticket?

Massachusetts and Texas pols seem in sync in first debate

Undocumented abuse survivors break silence on bus

Travel to State House seeking passage of Safe Communities Act

Fighting opioids in the court and streets

AG announces big drug bust; Healey and Baker pen op-ed

Muslim to head city’s immigrant advancement office

Vali previously worked at Islamic Society of Boston