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:

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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De Blasio Backs Down from Build It Back Promise

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Last year, the mayor promised to complete all Build it Back projects by the end of 2016. Now he says that's not possible.

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FEMA to Incorporate Climate Change in New Flood Maps

Monday, October 17, 2016

The agency will develop two sets of maps, appeasing both environmentalists and homeowners.

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The Culprit Behind Long Island's Algae Blooms

Friday, October 07, 2016

Too many people with septic tanks on an aquifer made of sand spells trouble. 

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This Tenant Harassment Story Has a Happy Ending

Thursday, October 06, 2016

It took three years, but the rent-stabilized residents of a Greenpoint, Brooklyn building return home after being forced to move out.

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Hear the Heat: Our Song Demonstrates What it Felt Like Inside Harlem Homes This Summer

Thursday, September 29, 2016

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Every 15 minutes, WNYC's recorded the heat index inside about 30 homes in Harlem. And we turned each temperature into a musical note to play what the heat in Harlem sounds like. 

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Water Company Seeks Money for Project it Never Built

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

A private company spent $54 million developing a plan to purify Harlem River water. Now it wants to pass along that cost to its customers. 

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A Sandy Rebuilding Program Long on Frustration, Now Short of Money

Thursday, September 22, 2016

New York City's Build It Back program needs another $500 million, some of which will be diverted from the city's own capital projects.

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A Century Later, City's Heat Strategies Still Come Up Short

Thursday, September 08, 2016

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New York City didn't always take charge in extreme heat. It started with a young Theodore Roosevelt and the greatest cooling technology of 1896. Have we kept up with times?

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