Sarah Betancourt

Reporter, CommonWealth

About Sarah Betancourt

Sarah Betancourt is a long-time Latina reporter in Massachusetts. Prior to joining Commonwealth, Sarah was a breaking news reporter for The Associated Press in Boston, and a correspondent with The Boston Globe and The Guardian. She has written about immigration, incarceration, 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 long-time Latina reporter in Massachusetts. Prior to joining Commonwealth, Sarah was a breaking news reporter for The Associated Press in Boston, and a correspondent with The Boston Globe and The Guardian. She has written about immigration, incarceration, 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 wave in Mass. doesn’t translate in House

GOP holds its own but doesn’t make many gains

COVID-19 cases balloon at MCI-Norfolk

After governor’s remarks, all staff being tested

Trump and Biden differ sharply on immigration policy

Maintaining a hard line versus expanding pathways for foreign arrivals

DeLeo, Spilka promise abortion debate in lame duck session

See threat to women’s reproductive rights at national level

Prisoners try again for home confinement

MCI-Norfolk inmate dies from medical condition after petitioning

Role of school rapid testing debated

Some say more regular surveillance is needed

2 prisoners test positive at MCI-Norfolk

Inmates isolated; facility-wide testing initiated

Baker nominates Kimberly Budd as chief justice

She would become first black woman to head SJC

MCAS exams coming in spring, education officials say

Even schools in ‘red‘ towns urged to do in-person learning

Mass. judge stays Fair Housing Act changes

Says Trump administration failed to follow procedures

Ballot box security to be boosted following fire 

Galvin directs local election officials to enhance protection measures 

It’s COVID-19 crunch time

As cases rise, should we keep opening or shut down?

Getting out the prisoner vote

Healey, sheriffs joining forces to get ballots to inmates

Judge allows prisoners to pursue stimulus checks

IRS had blocked inmates from receiving the funds

Baker names Poppe secretary of vet services

Had been filling role for 4 months on interim basis

Courts gear up for eviction crush

More judges, more translators, and Zoom rooms

Walsh, Gross pledge to implement police reforms

New watchdog office, diversity staff among recommendations

Pence-Harris debate more traditional

Candidates often ignored the questions they were asked

Higher immigration fees put on hold

Court cites process issues, impact on low-income immigrants

Boston delays return to school classrooms

Citywide COVID-19 positive test rate reaches 4.1 percent

Baker not calling a halt to Halloween

Says outdoor trick or treating tops indoor parties