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 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. 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:

1968: Fifty Years Later

Friday, October 19, 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.

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Mayor's Office Sent Out 30,000 Letters with Inaccurate Voting Information

Thursday, October 18, 2018

De Blasio says "very few" of the letters were inaccurate, but aides admit the proportion was about 8 percent.

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Another Chance to Reform New York's Inane Property Tax System

Thursday, October 18, 2018

New York City's system has been blamed for raising rents, exacerbating income inequality, and even encouraging gentrification. And we've already tried to fix it once.

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NYC Officials Work to Make NYCHA Units Winter-Ready

Thursday, October 18, 2018

New boilers. More heating technicians. But officials are still keeping their "fingers crossed" that the winter is "not as harsh" as last year.

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Police Seek 12 in Proud Boys Brawl in Manhattan

Monday, October 15, 2018

The police are looking for nine members of the alt-right group and three anti-fascist protesters involved in the fight on the Upper East Side.

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Number of Homeless Students Rises by Nearly 3 Percent in New York City

Monday, October 15, 2018

More than 114,000 students in New York City schools were homeless at some point during the last school year.

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Experts, Agencies Suggest NYC Open Data Law Lacks Resources

Friday, September 28, 2018

A WNYC analysis found dozens of late datasets, with some agencies saying they don't have the staff to implement the law.

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New York Takes Step in Long, Hard Journey to Supportive Housing Goal

Thursday, September 27, 2018

The city closed financing on a former Jehovah's Witness residence in DUMBO in a deal that will add 300 units. Mayor de Blasio is seeking to build 15,000.

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Whose Line Is It, Anyway?

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

The Working Families Party doesn't want to split the Democratic vote in November. But many in the party can't stomach giving Cynthia Nixon's ballot line to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

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Brooklyn Diocese Settles Sex Abuse Claims for $27 Million

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

The settlement is one of the largest for sexual abuse in the Catholic church

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Women Take the Beer Industry Back. Yes, Back.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Women have been brewing beer for thousands of years. But like with a lot of things they've done, no one really noticed.

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Poverty in NYC Decreases Third Year in a Row, Census Says

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Poverty decreased and income increased in New York and New Jersey, according to the latest census figures.

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The Race for New York Attorney General Heats Up

Thursday, September 06, 2018

The four Democrats running for New York attorney general are debating Thursday night live on WNYC AM and FM. Here's what you need to know about the race.

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Four Weeks After Judge's Deadline, Numerous Migrant Children Remain in New York

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Not all legal service providers will tell WNYC how many young clients they're still representing to preserve confidentiality, but at least about 30 kids remain for various reasons.

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A Grand Jury Investigation into Sex Abuse by New York Clergy Could Fall Short

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal, a longtime advocate for sex abuse victims, says a grand jury investigation into clergy abuse could run into New York's restrictive statute of limitations.

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Mayor Blasts Anti-Police Videos

Monday, August 20, 2018

One video showed a man measuring out marijuana on the hood of a police van.

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New Proposal to Cut Building Emissions Finds Traction in City Council

Monday, August 20, 2018

A report aimed at decreasing carbon emissions from large buildings has the attention of the City Council, and interest from the de Blasio administration.

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She Makes Her Living 5 Cents at a Time

Thursday, August 09, 2018

About 10,000 "canners" live and work in New York City. Here's the story of one of them who entered the profession reluctantly, but is now proud it has kept her working.

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Cooling Centers Open (If You Can Find Them)

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Last year, after a WNYC investigation, New York City officials promised to provide large signs to make locations more visible. But in East Harlem at least, they are nowhere to be seen.  

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New York's Iconic Water Towers, Now Infamous, Gain Scrutiny

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

In a new bill being introduced by City Council members, the towers used for storing drinking water would be subject to random inspections.

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