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:

After Upper West Siders Succeed In Moving Out Homeless Hotel, Can Other Neighborhoods Be Far Behind?

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Advocates and elected officials expect Mayor de Blasio’s decision to move homeless men out of an Upper West Side hotel will foment more opposition to shelters across the city.

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NYCHA Looks To Let In More People With Criminal Convictions

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

The New York City Housing Authority, the largest landlord in the city, is considering making changes in the way it treats people with criminal records.

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Child Advocates Urge Mayor To Address Obstacles Facing Homeless Students

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Thirty organizations have sent a letter to Mayor de Blasio urging him to address what they say are urgent unresolved issues that homeless children face as the new school year begins.

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As New Academic Year Begins, Homeless Students Face Many Challenges

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Deciding whether to send your kids back to school in the middle of a pandemic is difficult for everyone, but it’s especially complicated for homeless families.

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NYC Hires School Nurses To Fill Vacancies, But COVID Chaos Persists

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

New York City has hired 250 out of 400 new school nurses the mayor pledged to hire before next Monday. But the new "contract nurses" differ significantly from traditional school nurses.

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Shelter Residents Criticize Mayor De Blasio's Decision To Move Them Out Of Upper West Side

Wednesday, September 09, 2020

Several hundred homeless men will be moved out of an Upper West Side hotel after residents complained their presence worsened living conditions.

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Why Are Democratic Leaders Stumping For A Tax Policy That Benefits The Rich?

Wednesday, September 09, 2020

For three years, Democratic politicians from New York and New Jersey have been complaining about one particular aspect of the 2017 tax bill.

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While Some Arts Institutions Flounder, One Found A Way To Pivot

Friday, September 04, 2020

The 92nd St Y has made $3 million from its online offerings during the pandemic.

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Budget Watchers Say Healthcare Premiums Can Plug City Deficit

Wednesday, September 02, 2020

Maria Doulis of the Citizens' Budget Commission says there are better alternatives to layoffs and saddling the city with more debt.

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NYCHA Leaders Stump For Trump, But They Don't All Support Him

Friday, August 28, 2020

The Republican National Convention included a short video of public housing residents and leaders.

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Use Of Hotels To House Homeless New Yorkers In Question After Community Opposition

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Thousands of homeless New Yorkers have been moved from shelters and into hotels. But now, facing pressure from some neighborhoods, Mayor de Blasio says the homeless will be moved back.

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Homeless Testing COVID Positive At Lower Rates Than City's General Population

Monday, August 24, 2020

Homeless New Yorkers are testing positive for COVID-19 at a lower rate than the general population.

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Malliotakis Paints Apocalyptic Vision In Race For Congress

Monday, August 24, 2020

In challenging Rep. Max Rose, Nicole Malliotakis argues that New York City could spiral out of control.

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Companies With Problematic Pasts Got Government Loans

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Some companies faced penalties for environmental, workplace and fraud violations, among others.

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Pre-pandemic, Homelessness Increased on Streets And Decreased in Subways

Sunday, August 16, 2020

Even before the pandemic struck, more homeless people were turning up on New York City's streets, but fewer in the subways, according to a federally-mandated January count.

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One-Third Of New York City Residents Have Lost Their Jobs, Report Says

Thursday, August 13, 2020

New York City’s unemployment rate may be far higher than what’s shown in state statistics, according to a new study.

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Amid Covid-19 Pandemic, Formerly Homeless Family Deals With Job Loss

Thursday, July 23, 2020

COVID-19 has changed the lives of practically everyone, but this period has been especially challenging for the nearly 800,000 New York City residents who’ve lost their jobs.

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Insurgents Pick Up Seats As New York Primary Results Trickle In

Thursday, July 23, 2020

New York held its primary exactly one month ago on June 23rd. WNYC's Brigid Bergin and Gothamist's David Cruz report on results so far.

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De Blasio Scales Back NYPD 'Outreach' To Homeless

Friday, July 17, 2020

Just a year ago, the mayor had announced an unusually close partnership between the NYPD and Department of Homeless Services.

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At Defund Police Encampment, The Homeless Find Food and Shelter

Wednesday, July 08, 2020

The cohabitation has brought moments of joy, but also of conflict, as activists attempt to deescalate tense moments without calling the police. 

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