Matthew Schuerman

Senior Editor, WNYC

Matthew Schuerman has worked at WNYC since December 2007, as reporter, newscast editor, and most recently, senior editor with a special focus on housing, the urban environment, sustainability, transportation and infrastructure.

In 2017, a multimedia series Schuerman oversaw in conjunction with other nonprofit partners, The Harlem Heat Project, won the Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Innovation from the RTNDA. A week-long collaboration Schuerman undertook with CityLimits.org in 2015, The Cost of Our Water, won a second-place Headliner Award from the Atlantic City Press Club in the radio documentary category. He co-produced a two-part story on construction worker deaths with Cindy Rodriguez in 2008 that won a a Best Enterprise Reporting prize from Public Radio News Directors Inc. Schuerman has also contributed to other public radio shows, including Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Marketplace and Reveal.

He is also the author of the forthcoming Newcomers: Gentrification and Its Discontents (University of Chicago Press, November 2019), a chronicle of gentrification in New York, Chicago and San Francisco. An article he wrote on the de-industrialization of New York City was included in the 2007 book, The Suburbanization of New York: Is the World's Greatest City Becoming Just Another Town? (Princeton Architectural Press). 

Schuerman came to radio from The New York Observer, where he covered economic development. Earlier, he was an associate editor at Worth Magazine, and freelanced for The Village Voice, Fortune, City Limits, and other publications. He began his journalism career at The Day, a daily in New London, Connecticut, covering town news, schools and higher education.

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:

New York Will Lose One Congressional Seat, But It Could've Been Worse

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

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Some political observers initially predicted New York would lose two seats.

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Under Biden, Refugee Admissions In NY & NJ Plummet

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Former President Trump admitted refugees at a far higher rate than President Biden has, so far.  

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Despite Working In Hotspots, Correctional Officers Fall Behind In COVID-19 Vaccination Rate

Monday, April 12, 2021

Staff at New York jails and prisons are taking the COVID-19 vaccines at a lower rate than similar front-line workers, raising concerns among health experts.

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Former HUD Official Admits To Violating Hatch Act With RNC Video

Tuesday, April 06, 2021

A former Trump appointee admitted to violating federal law by producing a Republican National Convention video boasting that conditions at NYCHA had improved.

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Comparing NY and NJ's Marijuana Legalization Efforts

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

On Wednesday morning, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the historic marijuana legalization law that the New York state legislature passed overnight.

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SoHo Upzoning Represents Rare Effort In Wealthy Area

Monday, March 29, 2021

The de Blasio administration is seeking to overhaul one of New York's most storied neighborhoods with more housing and streamlined retail rules.

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Latest Round Of New York State's Rent Relief Program Reaches Few People

Thursday, March 25, 2021

WNYC
“How much more do I need to go through to qualify?” said one renter. “Do I have to be starving and living under a bridge to qualify? It makes no sense to me.” 

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Homeless Spending Ends Up On City Comptroller's Watch List Again

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

The city’s homeless services provider agencies have ended up on Comptroller Stringer’s watch list for the third year in a row.

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Communities Hit Hardest By The Pandemic Face Higher Rates Of Eviction Filings, Report Says

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

The Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development found evictions are being filed nearly four times more often in zip codes with the highest rates of death from COVID-19.

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Homeless Shelter Operators Say The City Is In Arrears

Monday, March 15, 2021

Non-profit groups that run homeless shelters say they’re facing the worst cash crunch in several years due to significant delays in payments from New York City.

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MTA Watchdogs Say More Meetings Can Be a Good Thing

Monday, March 15, 2021

The MTA has been holding its monthly board meetings remotely since the start of the pandemic. But, the transit agency has rolled what used to be two days of public meetings into one.

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Is Broadway Coming Back? Not yet.

Friday, March 12, 2021

A year ago, Broadway shut down. Now it's hopeful that opening night might be in the fall.

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NYPD Enforcement of Marijuana Laws Still Under Scrutiny

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

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Despite the mayor's repeated vows to address disparities, legalization advocates say the NYPD has continued to use drug stops as a tool for racialized enforcement.

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Child Benefits Expected To Decrease Poverty, Experts Say

Tuesday, March 09, 2021

Low- and middle-income families with children are expected to start receiving monthly payments as part of the federal COVID relief package.

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Newark Will Use Retrofitted Shipping Containers To House Homeless

Monday, March 08, 2021

Newark is taking an unusual step to address its homelessness crisis: retrofitting shipping containers for temporary housing.

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A Construction Company Tried To Conceal Broken Bolts On The Tappan Zee Bridge: Albany Times-Union

Monday, March 08, 2021

The new Tappan Zee Bridge opened to huge fanfare in 2018. But behind the scenes, workers knew that dozens of bolts being used to hold pieces of the bridge together were breaking. 

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The Generational Divide On How Women Perceive Harassment

Friday, March 05, 2021

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When WNYC asked listeners to react to sexual misconduct allegations against Governor Andrew Cuomo, it seemed women of different generations could not agree.

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New York City Is Re-Naming Some Of Its Parks And Public Spaces In Honor Of Black History

Friday, March 05, 2021

New York City's Parks Department has launched a project to make parks and other public spaces better reflect Black history. 

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Job Recovery Remains Slow, IBO Says

Tuesday, March 02, 2021

Even though movie theaters and middle schools in New York City are coming back to life, the job market isn't expected to fully recover for years.

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Third Woman Says Cuomo Made Unwelcome Sexual Advances

Monday, March 01, 2021

Revelation spurs more calls for his resignation.

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