Sarah Betancourt

Reporter, CommonWealth

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

Bill would bar state, county law officers at polls

Sheriff Hodgson, in tweet, calls legislation 'outrageous'

Groups urge ROE Act passage to honor Ginsburg

Abortion rights advocates seize on justice’s death to push bill

Role of school nurses expands during pandemic

Oversee medical waiting rooms for those with symptoms

Appeals court backs Trump on immigrant program

Many in Massachusetts will be affected by decision

SJC Chief Justice Ralph Gants dies  

Wide praise for court leader as champion of equal justice  

Federal judge refuses to lift eviction ban

Warns Baker that pandemic is not a ‘blank check’

Baker plugs funds, restaurant dining

Next challenge: Extend outdoor eating into fall

Group gatherings at universities…exactly how small?

Harvard eases rule slightly while Northeastern gets tough

Study spotlights racial disparities in state criminal justice system

Black and Latinx defendants face more serious charges, longer sentences

Cambridge arts groups seek city COVID relief funds

Organizations say they are in danger of closing permanently

Baker: Don’t rush COVID-19 vaccine

Says review process shouldn’t be abbreviated

Appeals court reverses ban on ICE courthouse arrests

Judges say lower court ‘abused’ it discretion in granting injunction

Boston says error occurred in exam school admissions

District moves to correct mistake impacting 152 students

Somerville rep concerned about ‘draconian’ MassHealth asset recovery policies  

Barber says families don’t realize program can operate more like loan 

MGM Springfield lays off 1,000 employees

Number of workers cut in half, revenue down significantly

Healey sues Trump over immigrant ed aid

Says CARES Act funds can go to undocumented students

Could heavy-handed approach to campus partying be counterproductive?

Some say crackdowns will discourage reporting of COVID symptoms

State judge blocks attempt to end eviction moratorium

Says ban is not an ‘unreasonable exercise’ of state’s power

Federal immigration agency cancels furloughs

Spending cuts expected to increase wait times

After 19 years in refugee camps, a new home in Lowell 

Burmese family first to arrive after COVID-related freeze on refugee admissions is lifted 

Boston students to start the school year at home

Mayor says city will closely monitor virus rate  

Massachusetts unemployment rate highest in the country — again

Almost 90 percent of restaurant jobs furloughed or lost during pandemic