Matthew Schuerman

Senior Editor, WNYC

Matthew Schuerman joined WNYC in December 2007 as the transportation and economic development reporter. He covered the most severe MTA 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 served in various capacities as editor, overseeing newscast content, live interviews, features and specials, focusing 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 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. 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 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. 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:

Legendary Contralto Marian Anderson's New York Roots

Tuesday, April 09, 2019

On the 80th Anniversary of her legendary concert, a look back at her career in New York City.

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Brooklyn Hospital Turns Parking Lot Into Housing

Wednesday, April 03, 2019

"We have a cure for homelessness. It's called a home. It's 100 percent effective it has no side-effects."

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NYC Is Paying for Thousands of Homeless Families to Move Out of the City

Monday, March 25, 2019

As part of its strategy to tackle homelessness, the de Blasio administration has paid 2,300 New Yorkers to move out of the city.

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NJ Commiittees Just Say 'Yes' to Marijuana Legalization

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Bill would expunge criminal records for most possession and dealing cases, but still faces uncertain fate in full legislature.


NYCHA's Fixes Might Require Even More Money Than de Blasio Thinks

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

A new report suggests that New York City may have to spend even more money than previously thought to fix its public housing.


How an African American Neighborhood on Long Island Saved Itself

Monday, March 11, 2019

Horton Avenue used to be just about the only place in the Suffolk County town where black people could live. A simple traffic circle drove them out.

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Newark Failed to Inspect Dozens of Kids' Apartments Thought to Have Lead

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

The city's health department investigated less than a third of the cases it was supposed to.


Abandoned Gun, Moldy Bread Pudding and 'Unrecognizable' Hamburgers Found in New Jersey Immigrant Lock-up

Friday, February 15, 2019

An inspector general's surprise visit to the Essex County Correctional Facility, which holds immigrants for $34 million a year, found a range of disgusting and dangerous problems. 

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Public Housing Residents See Improvements Already From Patton's Visit

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Housing authority staff reportedly spiffed up the first destination where the HUD regional administrator, Lynne Patton, will stay.  

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Amazon-NYC Rom-Com Takes Dramatic Plot Twist

Friday, February 08, 2019

The company seems to want New Yorkers to know that without a warmer welcome, they might bolt before they get here.

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HUD Administrator Lynne Patton to Get First-Hand Look at Public Housing

Thursday, February 07, 2019

She'll spend a week with each of four families and feed information to the yet-to-be-appointed independent monitor.

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Newark Mayor Objects To New York's Homeless Relocation Program

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Baraka says moving the homeless into substandard apartments in Newark does nothing to break cycle of homelessness.

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New York's Public Housing Faces Federal Takeover Threat

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

The de Blasio administration and the federal government need to reach an agreement by the end of Thursday on how to fix the city's crumbling public housing system.

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For Uber & Lyft Drivers, Congestion Costs Money

Friday, January 25, 2019

As a driver for Lyft and Uber 43-year-old Percy Henderson navigates the city's congested streets nearly every day.

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Investigators Find No Orgy, but Plenty of Misconduct at Housing Complex

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Two former Throggs Neck managers allegedly threatened their subordinates, organized drunken parties during work hours, and engaged in sexual relationships with staff members.


Shutdown Causes Confusion Among Landlords and Tenants Relying on Federal Rental Assistance

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

The federal shutdown is causing confusion and concern among landlords and tenants who depend on rental assistance.

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1968: Fifty Years Later

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

In a series of interviews with participants, historians and modern-day counterparts, WNYC looks back at how historic moments in a pivotal year shaped our region.


De Blasio Takes (Some) Responsibility for Commissioner Confusion

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

The mayor says the leadership change at the city Office of Emergency Management "could have been handled better all around."

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Bill Would Open New York's Streets to E-Bikes & E-Scooters

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

The legislation would legalize all types of electric bikes and electric scooters. Mayor de Blasio is skeptical.

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New Bill Aims to Prevent Businesses from Going Cashless

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Council Member Ritchie Torres says it's a ploy to keep out people who don't have credit cards or smart phone apps.

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