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:

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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Treatment of Grad Student in UAE Leads to Outcry at NYU

Friday, November 23, 2018

British doctoral student Matthew Hedges has been sentenced to life in prison in the United Arab Emirates, where New York University has a campus. 


Public Housing Residents Suffer Without Heat Over Thanksgiving Weekend

Friday, November 23, 2018

Residents resort to using their ovens as heaters and huddling under blankets.


Number of New Yorkers Unable to Afford Enough Food Decreases

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

The number of New Yorkers unable to buy enough food has significantly decreased over the past six years, according to a new report.

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Immigrant Groups Have a Special Reason to Oppose Amazon's Move

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

As opposition mounts against Amazon's move to Queens, the conversation isn't just about gentrification and local jobs, but also about the company's role in immigration enforcement.


Amazon's Future Neighbor Views Company's Plan Eagerly ... and Cautiously

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

When Amazon opens its new hub in NYC, its neighbor will be the largest housing project in the country whose residents have high expectations that the company might not deliver on.


City's Homeless Plan Isn't Keeping Pace

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Mayor de Blasio announced an ambitious plan more than a year and a half ago to build more, better shelters, and to locate them more evenly throughout the city.

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Behind the Scenes, Poll Workers Tried to Save Election Day

Thursday, November 08, 2018

The New York City Board of Elections knew that extra-long ballots in Brooklyn and Queens could cause extra problems.

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