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:

Connecticut Reopens Some Businesses

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Restaurants began service customers outside. Retails shops, some malls, zooms and museums also opened.


Deaths Of Single Adults In Homeless Shelters Far Outpace City Average

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Fifty-two people died of COVID-19 in shelters for single adults. That’s a rate of 300 per 100,000 residents—more than 50% higher than the citywide average.


With Their Jobs Deemed Illegal, Hair Stylists and Barbers Go Underground

Monday, May 18, 2020

Personal service workers say they cannot feed their families or pay rent because they're not allowed to work.


Those Homeless From The Subway? Most Aren't Ending Up In Shelters.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

After touting his success in getting homeless New Yorkers out of the subway system and into shelters, Mayor de Blasio is acknowledging only a smaller portion of them are staying there.


Reports Of Domestic Violence Aren't Going Up. That Doesn't Mean It's Not Happening.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Even though reports of domestic violence in New York City have fallen since the coronavirus outbreak began, experts say there are likely more victims suffering behind closed doors.


City's Effort To House Subway Homeless Comes Up Short

Monday, May 11, 2020

Since the subway shutdown began last week, Mayor de Blasio has touted his success in getting hundreds of homeless people into shelters. But few of them end up staying there.


City Council Moves Against GrubHub And Other Restaurant Apps

Monday, May 11, 2020

The New York City Council is close to passing a law that would limit the commissions that Grubhub and other ordering apps charge restaurants.


Music Venues Scramble To Survive Amid COVID-19 Shutdown

Friday, May 08, 2020

“There’s a lot of weird wording in a lot of these loans,” says one club owner, “and it seems like they don’t want to help bars or anything on the fringe.” 


Struggling Restaurants Say Delivery Apps Like Grubhub Make it Harder to Survive

Tuesday, May 05, 2020

Restaurant owners say third-party ordering apps like Grubhub eat into their revenues as they struggle to stay afloat.


The 2,200 People Who Overnight In Subways Need To Find A New Place To Sleep

Monday, May 04, 2020

When the entire subway system shuts down, the people will have to look for shelter elsewhere.


'Death Of A City' As NYC Restaurants Shutter, Maybe For Good

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Experts say city’s restaurants have never faced a crisis of this magnitude—especially smaller, immigrant owned ones.

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A Third of New York City Food Pantries Have Shut Down, Swelling Bread Lines

Monday, April 27, 2020

The closures come at a time of unprecedented demand for food.


NYC's Single Adult Shelter Census Reaches Record High

Friday, April 17, 2020

Amid the COVID-19 outbreak there are more single adults in the city’s homeless shelter system than ever before.


Coronavirus Victim, Leroy Hammett, Remembered As A Pillar In His South Bronx Community

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Some victims of the coronavirus outbreak were widely well-known. Others, like Leroy Hammett, were less well-known but stood out in their communities.


One Worker's Experience on the Morgue Overflow Shift

Thursday, April 16, 2020

The thousands of people dying from COVID-19 have overwhelmed the city's hospitals and funeral homes. It's fallen on temp workers to bring order to the chaos.

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NJ Lawmakers Move Forward With Tenant Protections, NY Lags Behind

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

"There’s nobody in this state legislature," one advocate says, "that doesn’t understand that renters in this state are under tremendous amounts of stress, tremendous amounts of duress.” 


City Starts Moving Seniors Out Of Congregate Homeless Shelters

Tuesday, April 07, 2020

After pleas to protect vulnerable residents in congregate-style shelters during the coronavirus outbreak the city will relocate homeless senior citizens in hotels.


Network of Charities and Volunteers Feed New York's Seniors

Monday, April 06, 2020

With the spread of COVID-19 there’s an increased need for food, especially among seniors who are not leaving their apartment these days. 


A Super-Contagious Disease Comes To An Overcrowded City

Thursday, April 02, 2020

About 1.5 million New Yorkers live in officially "crowded" apartments. What can they do when a family member or roommate comes down with COVID-19?


City Continues Breaking Up Homeless Encampments, Despite CDC Guidelines

Monday, March 30, 2020

The de Blasio administration has continued breaking up homeless encampments during the coronavirus outbreak, rejecting guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.