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

Cambridge arts groups seek city COVID relief funds

Organizations say they are in danger of closing permanently

Baker: Don’t rush COVID-19 vaccine

Says review process shouldn’t be abbreviated

State prisons resuming in-person visits, programming

After lawsuits, COVID-19 deaths, and suicide, a new normal

Appeals court reverses ban on ICE courthouse arrests

Judges say lower court ‘abused’ it discretion in granting injunction

Boston says error occurred in exam school admissions

District moves to correct mistake impacting 152 students

Somerville rep concerned about ‘draconian’ MassHealth asset recovery policies  

Barber says families don’t realize program can operate more like loan 

MGM Springfield lays off 1,000 employees

Number of workers cut in half, revenue down significantly

Healey sues Trump over immigrant ed aid

Says CARES Act funds can go to undocumented students

Could heavy-handed approach to campus partying be counterproductive?

Some say crackdowns will discourage reporting of COVID symptoms

State judge blocks attempt to end eviction moratorium

Says ban is not an ‘unreasonable exercise’ of state’s power

Federal immigration agency cancels furloughs

Spending cuts expected to increase wait times

After 19 years in refugee camps, a new home in Lowell 

Burmese family first to arrive after COVID-related freeze on refugee admissions is lifted 

Boston students to start the school year at home

Mayor says city will closely monitor virus rate  

Massachusetts unemployment rate highest in the country — again

Almost 90 percent of restaurant jobs furloughed or lost during pandemic

Baker to offer mobile testing resources to K-12 schools

Seen as response to concerns about ‘cluster development’

Obama breaks his silence

In blistering broadside, former president paints Trump as bad for democracy

Contact tracing could be challenge for schools

Public transport, vague tracing efforts have some worried

Trump relaxes some visa rules

Adds exemptions for some H-1B applicants

It’s a renter’s market in Boston

Prices plummet, fees disappear during pandemic

Poll finds Latinos heavily impacted by coronavirus

Biden clear favorite over Trump among Latino voters

Baker pauses reopening; cracks down on gatherings

Authorizes state and local police to enforce measures

Frustrated Globe union to protest at Fenway

MLB players union backing newspaper guild efforts

Under any in-person school plan, buses are a problem

Even with hybrid model, more school buses needed for safe student transport

Fauci: Death threats are sign of anti-science sentiment

Suggests country is not rowing together to fight coronavirus