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:

Two Days Left, and Still No Vote on Who Will Control NYC Schools

Monday, June 19, 2017

Mayor de Blasio's control over city schools will expire June 30 unless Albany lawmakers vote to extend it. 

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Mayor Unveils Billion Dollar Job Plan

Thursday, June 15, 2017

The mayor detailed how he'd create 100,000 jobs that pay at least $50,000 a year in the next decade — focusing on tech, science, culture and manufacturing.

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New York's Underused Cooling Centers Get a Higher Profile

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Last year, WNYC had a hard time finding cooling centers. Now, the city's got a simple solution: signs. 

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Kushner Family's Jersey City Project Set to Lose $6.5 Million Annual Tax Credit

Friday, June 09, 2017

Already under financial pressure, a Kushner Companies project loses its anchor tenant and an accompanying lucrative tax credit. 

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New JFK Animal Facility Hopes to be Premiere Horse Destination — If It Opens

Thursday, June 08, 2017

The facility needs USDA approval and staff, which a consultant for ARK is not sure will arrive in time for opening later this month.

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Mayor, Governor Vow to Do More on Climate After Paris Accord Withdrawal

Friday, June 02, 2017

But both were already well on their way to cutting greenhouse gas emissions, and it’s unclear just how much difference their re-energized vows will make for the world's climate.

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As Shelters Go Up, City Moves Homeless Out of Private Apartments

Friday, May 26, 2017

So-called "cluster sites" are expensive for the city, and often unhealthy for residents.

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The MTA Wants to Increase Capital Spending, by Borrowing More

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The MTA voted to increase spending in its 2015-2019 Capital Plan by $5 billion. This comes as it's service is under fire for breakdowns and delays. But, there are doubters.

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Worried About Being Detained After a Flight? Maybe This App Will Help.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

A team of software developers responds to immigrant anxieties by providing lawyerly back-up, just in case. 

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'The MacArthur Amendment' Bites Its Author Back

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

A Jersey congressman broke the deadlock over the GOP health care bill. But the backlash from colleagues prompted him to step down as co-chairman of the moderate Tuesday Group.

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Brooklyn Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against the City's Plan to Open Homeless Shelter

Monday, May 22, 2017

A judge has cleared the way for the city to open a homeless shelter in Crown Heights, a decision that has implications for Mayor de Blasio’s homelessness strategy.

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Haitian Immigrants Get a Reprieve, but Not Much of One

Monday, May 22, 2017

A special protection granted after the 2010 earthquake has been extended six months. Advocates had sought a much longer extension.

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A Puerto Rican 'Hero' Comes Home, But Not Everyone Is Cheering

Friday, May 19, 2017

Oscar Lopez Rivera, who served time for his ties to a group responsible for more than 100 bombings in the U.S., will play a starring role in the Puerto Rican Day Parade. 

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New York City Reinstates Styrofoam Ban

Friday, May 12, 2017

The city's ban becomes effective Nov. 13 — unless industry groups are again successful in court.

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Governors Call to Privatize Penn Station

Friday, May 12, 2017

After two particularly bad months, Cuomo and Christie propose a radical solution.

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In Newark, Popular Way to Keep Children From Drinking Lead in School Fountains Falls Short

Thursday, November 03, 2016

The U.S. EPA recommends schools flush their drinking fountains each morning to reduce lead risk. But a WNYC investigation asks: How can we be sure they do? 

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City's Sandy Repair Effort Leaves Some Applicants Behind

Friday, October 28, 2016

About 900 applicants were dropped from the Build it Back program's rolls over the past year. Were they forced out so the city could meet its now-defunct deadline?

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Is Public Housing Prepared for the Next Sandy?

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

When Sandy hit four years ago, it exposed how susceptible public housing was to coastal storms. Now, NYCHA is starting to spend its $3 billion FEMA grant on upgrades.

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Why 'Build It Back' Recovery Failed

Monday, October 24, 2016

Four years after Hurricane Sandy, New York City doesn't reach its mission to build back devastated homes and return homeowners quickly.

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Making New York Cool Again

Monday, October 24, 2016

WNYC's Harlem Heat Project wrapped up its work — for now — with a brainstorming session about how to protect people from extreme heat during the summer. Here are some ideas.

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