Matthew Schuerman joined WNYC in December 2007 as the transportation and economic development reporter. He covered repeated financial crises at the MTA, the most severe transit cuts in decades, as well as the impact of the recession on the Atlantic Yards project in Brooklyn and the World Trade Center redevelopment in Lower Manhattan. Since 2010, Schuerman has been an editor in the WNYC newsroom. In addition, he has recently reported a number of Sandy-related stories.
Schuerman came to radio from The New York Observer, where he also covered economic development. Earlier, he was an associate editor at Worth Magazine, and free-lanced for The Village Voice, Fortune, City Limits, and other publications.
Schuerman has been a fan of WNYC since the mid-1990s, when he was working as a reporter at The Day, a daily newspaper in New London, Conn. Though 100 miles away from New York, he could get Brian Lehrer and Leonard Lopate on his car radio while driving along Interstate 95 on his daily rounds, thanks to how the AM signal travels over the Long Island Sound.
A native of Chicago, Schuerman graduated from Harvard College magna cum laude. He received a master's degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.
New York State’s top court on Tuesday blocked the Bloomberg administration's plan to impose new requirements on single adults trying to enter homeless shelters.
City corrections officers appear to have brought the courts to a virtual halt earlier this week. Defense attorney say as a result some people could spend extra time behind bars. What's the city's reaction? Silence.
New York City regained the mantle of having the tallest building in the country Tuesday when an obscure committee ruled that the spire atop 1 World Trade Center should be counted as part of its height.
It was a tale of two mayors at New York City Hall this morning.
On the anniversary of Sandy, the hospital marked the occasion in an unusual way: by holding a birthday party for the babies who had been evacuated after the storm hit back, and inviting the news media along.
It's one year since Hurricane Sandy battered the region. WNYC editor Matthew Schuerman and reporter Janet Babin discuss where we've been over the last year, including things that have changed and things that haven't but should. Plus, your calls: What lessons did we learn over the last year, and what comes next? Call 212-433-9692 or post below.
Bill Owens and his family essentially lost their house during Sandy. But what he really misses are the family Sunday night dinners.
Lots of quick, but limited, changes have taken root since Sandy. But the big challenges still remain.
WNYC's Matthew Shuerman discusses what’s changed and what hasn’t since Sandy hit New York—from waterfront development to disaster planning to how the discussion of storm recovery in the mayor’s race.
Elaine Rivera, a compassionate, funny, incisive journalist who worked at WNYC from 2006 until 2009, has died. She was 54.
President Obama's visit to a Brooklyn school Friday will close one of the borough's largest parks for six hours.
One of Sandy's less visible effects is the mental and emotional toll it continues to take on the people who lived through it. For a year, Jim O'Grady has been visiting neighborhoods in Staten Island that suffered the highest death rate from the storm. He talked to three people who, like thousands in our area, are still grappling with the trauma of that night.
Almost a year after Sandy, the Bloomberg administration said it is just beginning to distribute the first of $520 million in federal aid to homeowners trying to rebuild.
If consumers buying insurance on health exchanges have their heart set on particular hospitals or doctors, they better do their homework.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is expanding his Sandy buyout program to more storm-damaged homes—this time to Long Island.
To get a good sense of a what a floodproof city can look like, check out Hafen City in Hamburg, Germany.
Alexis Norton sat at a table in a realtor's office in Little Egg Harbor, N.J., this week, swapping stories with several friends about rebuilding their Sandy-damaged homes.
Among the topics covered: flood insurance maps, local bureaucracy and confusion over the status of her applications with several of the state’s federally ...
Twelve years after the September 11th attacks, the loved ones of 9/11 victims are still getting calls from the New York City Medical Examiner's Office about identified remains.
Sandra Grazioso from Clifton, N.J., said her family got one of those calls last week. Two more body parts belonging to one of her sons had been identified.
“An upper arm and shoulder and a tooth,” Grazioso said. “A molar.”
As the primary campaign winds down, Democratic mayoral candidate Christine Quinn has about eight times as much money remaining in her primary campaign account compared to front-runner Bill de Blasio, and even more compared to rival Democrat Bill Thompson.