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

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

Judge blocks most ICE courthouse arrests

Issues injunction in case brought by 2 Mass. district attorneys

Lawmakers: News business needs state help

Call for creation of commission to study the industry

Healey vs. Trump

AG says her 44 suits haven’t detracted from in-state work; staff just working harder

Embedded AG fellows raise concerns

Bloomberg nonprofit pays salaries of lawyers working for Dem AGs

Boston doctors seek different approach to gun violence

New center will bring public health approach to problem

US House passes DREAM Act

Effort faces significant hurdles in Senate

GateHouse keeps cutting

Worcester publication is down to just one staffer

Markey slams Trump ‘stealth attack’ on immigrants

Senator says report documents tactics of the president

Rollins, ICE make nice

Suffolk County DA: Lawsuit on courthouse arrests continuing

Judge turns down plea deal from US attorney

Lawyer: Joseph rejected offer because she’s not guilty

Trump immigration plan pits skilled workers against laborers

Prioritizes merit-based immigration, doesn’t mention ‘divisive’ DACA

For Mashpee Wampanoag, land rights, casino back on the table

Keating says fate of native social programs tied to bill becoming law

ICE claims right to detain immigrants in Mass. courthouses

Warns that ‘dangerous aliens’ are being released to the streets

Trump tweet stalls Wampanoag bill

Keating accuses president of doing lobbyist favor