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

Mici: No need to release inmates due to COVID-19

Says prisoners need to do their part in avoiding infection

Prisoners testify about COVID-19 dangers

Baker administration ramps up incarcerated testing

Virus notes: Baker questions antibody testing accuracy, utility

White House touts aid to Mass.; court closures extended to June 1

2d Paycheck Protection Program set to go

Banks working overtime processing applications during coronavirus pandemic

Deferred dreams for black, brown business owners

Entrepreneurs wonder if their doors will ever open again

Lawsuit seeks release of sentenced prisoners during coronavirus

Prisoner at MCI-Framingham talks about conditions, new roommate

Boston Herald furloughs 30 employees

Newsrooms battered by coronavirus downturn

The vote must go on

COVID-19 raises challenges for voters and candidates

MassLive staff faces furloughs, wage cuts

News site owner says COVID-19 has hurt revenues

Virus notes: Trump slams state mutineers

Healey tells debt collectors hands-off CARES Act funds

We have a problem in aisle 5

Grocery workers assess the risks they face

Curtatone stresses boldness in addressing COVID-19

‘We must be uniform and acting in sync with each other’

Unemployment site now available in Spanish

Baker says other language translations to follow

Baker allows foreign-trained doctors to practice here

Some say rules preclude many from participating in helping stem spread of COVID-19

Lynn workers offer solution to ventilator search

Laid-off GE employees could build machines, union says

Virus notes: Healey to probe Holyoke vets home outbreak

Liability protection for COVID-19 workers; supermarket occupancy limited

2 staffers test positive for Covid-19, says sheriff’s office

Immigrant detainees continue to be released daily by judge

Baker to funnel $800m to state health providers

Package includes $400m for hospitals, $80m for nursing homes

Immigrant detainees on hunger strike in RI

Demand to be released because of coronavirus