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

Despite judge’s order, Iranian student deported

Judge Stearns dismissed case, attorneys to refile with Burroughs

Judge halts deportation of Iranian student

Attorney says Northeastern undergrad had all required approvals

Boston immigration court approved 58% of asylum requests

Data indicate approvals much higher than in most other jurisdictions

MIT tells staff to expect visits from ICE

Official urges cooperation with immigration officials

Metro Boston, free subway paper, shuts down

Circulation was shrinking amid phone-obsessed riders

Backers coalesce behind real estate tax bill

Towns could assess fees on sales greater than $430,000

Walsh proposes housing investments, rental vouchers

Plans to use proceeds from garage sale, transfer tax

MassDOT contractor facing heat after fatal collision

Firm’s employee involved in crash that killed 13-year-old

Healey sues e-cig firms under new law

AG says undercover sting uncovered violations

After Trust Act signing, Gross defensive

Points to arrests, convictions; ‘How come you never hear about that?’

ICE asks judge to let agency back into courthouses

Motion to dismiss comes as detainment numbers down

Boston approves fee on real estate transactions

If OK’d by Legislature, measure could raise $168m

Walsh, Zakim submit changes to immigrant Trust Act

Proposal would strengthen limits on police cooperation with ICE

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