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 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:

Some Homeless Shelters Pose Big Risks For Spread Of Coronavirus

Friday, March 27, 2020

City officials have reported that a second homeless person has died from COVID-19 while the total number of cases in the shelter system increased from 17 to 59 over the past week.


City Issues Guidelines To Homeless Shelters For Coronovirus Care

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Homeless shelters, many of which put individuals in close contact with one another, have received guidelines from the city on how to contain the new coronavirus.


In Ending Campaign, Bloomberg Shows He Can Be Emotional After All

Thursday, March 05, 2020

One former supporter said, “Where was that guy on the campaign trail? He was emoting all over the place.”


New Jersey Progressives Who Helped Democrat Flip District Blue Now Want Him Out

Monday, March 02, 2020

New Jersey Democratic Rep. Josh Gottheimer is getting primaried from the left, by a progressive who once counted herself among his supporters.

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'Stop And Frisk' Follows Bloomberg From NYC To Presidential Campaign

Monday, February 24, 2020

In 12 years as mayor, Michael Bloomberg took bold actions to make New York more livable and economically viable. But his aggressive policing tactics have tarnished his legacy.


Tape Showing Bloomberg Callously Discussing Minorities, Stop and Frisk, Surfaces

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

The tape was from an appearance the former New York City mayor made at the Aspen Institute in February 2015 but never widely distributed.


How Much Is Your Vote Worth In The Democratic Primary?

Monday, January 27, 2020

While Iowans get to weigh in on the Democratic nominee next week, New Yorkers have to wait until the end of April. New Jersey voters have to wait until June.


Review: 'Slava's Snowshow' Is A Surreal Pleasure

Saturday, November 30, 2019

For kids, it's purely funny. But for grownups, this show about trying to find comfort and connection in a lonely world is also sad and strange. 


Review: Is 'The Inheritance' the Next 'Angels'? Not Quite.

Saturday, November 23, 2019

It's easy to see why "The Inheritance" is being compared to "Angels in America." They're both very, very long plays about gay men and AIDS that are divided into two parts.

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De Blasio Enlists City Workers to Reduce Homelessness

Thursday, November 14, 2019

18,000 city workers will become part of an expanded effort to reduce street homelessness.

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The True Origins of Gentrification

Friday, November 08, 2019

In his book "Newcomers: Gentrification and Its Discontents," WNYC senior editor Matthew Schuerman traces the roots of the phenomenon re-shaping New York and cities across the country. 


The Real Story of Gentrification

Tuesday, November 05, 2019

Neighborhood changes can be good and bad simultaneously 

Review: 'The Lightning Thief' Is Kid's Stuff

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Fans of the series of best-selling books for middle grade readers will find a lot to like. Their parents? Not so much. 


Review: The Hard Satire of 'Soft Power'

Saturday, October 26, 2019

David Henry Hwang's new show is a twist on Rogers and Hammerstein's "The King and I." Kind of.


NYCHA's Turnaround Plan Faces Obstacles

Friday, October 25, 2019

Nearly a year after the de Blasio administration announced a plan to raise billions of dollars needed for capital repairs, one strategy isn’t working out as planned.

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Domestic Violence Driving City's High Homelessness Numbers

Monday, October 21, 2019

The number of families who end up in shelters as a result of domestic violence outpaces evictions.

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Review: The 'Sound Inside' Thrills

Sunday, October 20, 2019

A story of a lonely creative writing professor and her young student is creepy. And riveting. 

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Review: 'Little Shop of Horrors' Is Perfectly Creepy — and Surprisingly Deep

Saturday, October 19, 2019

The musical about a carnivorous plant has returned to its Off Broadway roots — so to speak — in a production starring Jonathan Groff, Christian Borle and Tammy Blanchard.


Homeless Killing Brings Kendra's Law Back Into Spotlight

Thursday, October 10, 2019

The alleged perpetrator had been placed in a shelter for men with mental illness. But that alone doesn't mean he should have been involuntarily treated.

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Review: Freestyle Love Supreme's Hip Hop Improv Is Solid But Too Safe

Saturday, October 05, 2019

Lin-Manuel Miranda's improvisational comedy group offers something different to Broadway audiences. But it might be out of place there.