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

Biden, other pols rally around Stop & Shop workers

Former VP calls what company is doing ‘morally wrong’

Bills bar non-consensual pelvic exams under anesthesia

Rep. Provost calls the procedure a ‘creepy practice’

Markey, Trahan file pipeline safety bill

Legislation named after 18-year-old Lawrence victim

Veep’s Massachusetts connection

Lesser tries to keep the HBO scripts real

Gender pay gap hits Latina women hard

Legal and legislative efforts are being made to stem wage chasm

Immigrant voices on immigration reform

Path to citizenship ultimate goal for many

Boston stumbles on pot shop ordinance

Finding a way to have 2 pot shops within a half mile of each other

State journalism commission in the spotlight

A worthy effort, but broader representation needed

US sues Quincy for dumping sewage in harbor

Koch calls lawsuit ‘overreaching’ and ‘too aggressive’

Is the college admissions scandal really shocking?

There’s the side door, the back door, and the trap door

Healey joins Trump emergency declaration challenge

Says president may divert federal funds slated for Mass.

Students interrupt WBUR gun violence event

Say high-profile panel not addressing their concerns

Feds bust up ‘side door’ route into college

US attorney in Boston charges dozens in massive admissions scam

Pot shop openings gaining steam

Boston areas gets first store -- in Brookline

Trump wall contract doesn’t exist

Pressed by judge, US attorney says he is not aware of it

Should ‘lifers’ get a chance for parole?

Bill would make those serving life sentences eligible for hearings after 25 years

The healing power of art

Therapists who use creative outlets to help patients process trauma seek licensure

Task force weighs raising juvenile court age

Advocates say younger offenders ill-served in adult corrections system

Parking woes at North Quincy MBTA station

Where to go when all the spaces are full at 7 a.m?

New rules on solitary confinement coming under fire

Advocates say DOC is subverting intent of reform law

Law bars most immigrants from carrying self-defense spray

Student discovered obscure provision, now seeks to repeal it

Rosa Parks resonates for the MBTA today

Bus system often doesn’t work for low-income people

Protesters say parking strike effective

Claim 80% of garage users boycotted West Garage

Parking ‘strike’ called at UMass Boston

Faculty, students, staff protest hike from $6 to $15 a day

Temperatures plunged during homeless census count

With bitter cold, many wonder why people just don’t go to shelters