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

Federal immigration office reopens

7,000 residents waiting to take citizenship oath

Officials of color unveil 10-point plan

Arroyo emotionally recounts stop by police in Providence

SJC refuses to order release of convicted prisoners

Says DOC’s policies do not constitute deliberate indifference

Are the Henrys planning to sell Globe?

Union members fear that’s what bargaining stance means

Food stamp recipients can now order online

Pilot program allows purchases from Amazon, Walmart

Phase two goes into prep mode

Restaurants, lodging, and pro teams get guidance

Mail-in voting debate heats up with help from Trump

Various proposals on the table for Mass. elections

Legal skirmishing continues at Bristol County Jail

Lelling, legal advocates spar over immigration detainees

Unemployment portal now in multiple languages

Chinese, Vietnamese, Haitain Kreyol, and Portuguese added, over two months into coronavirus pandemic

Municipalities tweak Baker’s reopening plans

Towns customize approaches to beaches, businesses, and churches

Big drop in child abuse reports is cause for concern

State official expects a surge of cases in September

Baker blames supply chain for testing gap

Says self-administered swab should help boost numbers

Rent payments pile up for business owners

Creative compromises are few and far between

Reopening rules can get pretty detailed

No leash sharing, no beard trimming, only prepackaged cafeteria food

Coalition urges Baker to release prisoners

Says 15 other governors have taken steps already

Mass. economy to reopen in four phases

Restart will include mandatory workplace safety standards

Baker extols telehealth’s rise during pandemic

At MassHealth, usage has exploded in last two months

Prepping for a possible round two

Vaccines, antibody testing could be part of response

Judge orders COVID-19 testing for ICE detainees

Orders everyone to be tested "from the sheriff on down"

Judge rejects bid to broaden Hodgson deposition

Circumstances of Friday night violence declared off-limits