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Matthew Schuerman

Editor, WNYC

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.

Matthew Schuerman appears in the following:

This City Councilman Wants to Charge For Un-Recycled Trash

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The head of the New York City Council's sanitation committee says we should be paying for refuse we don't recycle.

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With Transit Benefits, the Rich Pay Less and the Poor Pay More

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

If you pay for your MetroCard with pre-tax programs like TransitChek, you save money. But the person sitting next to you may be saving even more.

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New York Tries to Fight Its Way Out of a Plastic Bag

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Each New Yorker uses 3.2 plastic bags a day, every day, on average. Can a 10-cent fee change that?

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FEMA Promises Fix to Flood Insurance System that Leaves Homeowners in Lurch

Friday, December 05, 2014

NJ Spotlight
Up to now, companies have been penalized if they overpay flood claims, but not if they underpay them. That creates an incentive for them to lowball damages.

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De Blasio Names Long-Sought Sustainability Director

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

WNYC
Mayor will restructure two environmental agencies, and put former Columbia University administrator in charge of sustainability.

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After Close Race at Polls, Cuomo Lands Far Ahead in Campaign Cash

Monday, December 01, 2014

WNYC
The Democratic incumbent has ended up with more than $9 million in his campaign chest. 

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Rotten Luck: NYC's Pilot Compost Program in Trouble, with Shutdown of Delaware Processor

Monday, December 01, 2014

WNYC
Most of the waste collected under New York City's pilot composting program is now going to landfills, due to the shutdown of a Delaware facility.

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The Price of Filtered Water Goes Up

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

A plant that will purify water from the NYC's oldest reservoir will cost about three times as much as originally estimated.

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Senators: Sandy Homeowners Systematically Denied Insurance Claims

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

A legal case has uncovered what could be a pervasive practice: insurers hired engineers to rewrite damage assessments to reduce their payouts.

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De Blasio Still Searching for Sustainability Chief

Thursday, November 13, 2014

More than 10 months into the new mayor's term, just three city offices remain without permanent leaders. One would be in charge of updating PlaNYC by next spring.

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FEMA to Give NYC's Public Hospitals $1.6 Billion in Sandy Aid

Thursday, November 06, 2014

WNYC
Four public hospitals are slated to receive the "largest single upfront" payment in FEMA history. 

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Times Square the Way It REALLY Used to Be

Monday, November 03, 2014

An "urban ecologist" wants to make the crossroads of the world reflect a New York before Europeans.

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Learning to Love the Entirely Inadequate but Completely Indispensable Disaster Industry

Friday, October 31, 2014

Huge storms like Katrina and Sandy are here to stay; the firms that manage recoveries should be, too. But if this is going to work, five big things need to change.

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The Other Industry That’s Too Big to Fail

Thursday, October 30, 2014

WWNO
New Jersey Public Radio
NJ Spotlight
Only a few large companies are able to manage disaster recovery efforts. That's how New Jersey and Louisiana ended up hiring and firing the same two firms.

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It's Been Two Years, but We're not Prepared for Another Sandy

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Con Edison says Lower Manhattan won't black out again, but the region hasn't built much of what it needs to be resilient.

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In Case of Hurricane, Take the R or the G Lines to Work

Monday, October 27, 2014

Two years after Sandy, the MTA's sealed two subway tunnels under the East River (at least theoretically), but has lots of other work to do.
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Senior U.S. Public Health Official Slams NJ/NY Ebola Quarantine

Sunday, October 26, 2014

An expert in communicable diseases says Christie's and Cuomo's policy will dissuade aid workers from traveling abroad to help block the outbreak at its source.

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Podcast: When Climate Change Comes to the City of the Future

Friday, October 17, 2014

When New York was built, filling in wetlands and paving over grass with asphalt didn't cause a climate crisis. Now it does. 

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How Will We Live in 2050?

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

How will climate change impact New York City by 2050? Matthew Schuerman and Janice Huff talk about the series that looks at climate change and the ramifications for our city.

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Future Storms Could Lead to Financial Disaster

Sunday, October 12, 2014

In 2050, a storm comparable to Sandy could cause $90 billion of damage. That's 4.5 times the damage the storm inflicted in 2012—equal to the entire economy of Ecuador.

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