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:

One Anti-Immigrant Order Trump Didn't Sign

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

A proposal to remove all undocumented immigrants from public housing was never implemented.


COVID Vaccine Moves Out Of Large Institutions Into Small Medical Practices

Thursday, January 07, 2021

The state's been expanding the types of people eligible for COVID vaccines to those who work in neighborhod doctor's offices and community clinics. 


Cannabis Legislation In NJ Remains Stalled Despite Referendum

Friday, January 01, 2021

While the recreational use of marijuana was supposed to be legal in New Jersey by now, the reality is far less clear.


Amid Pandemic, Chronically Homeless Man Gets His Own Home

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Peter Malvan spent seven years living on the streets of New York, but during the COVID-19 pandemic his life changed dramatically. 


NYC Unemployment Decreases, But Still Lags Behind The Rest Of The Country

Friday, December 18, 2020

The city’s economic recovery is lagging behind the nation’s as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.


Young Chinese New Yorkers Are Rallying Around Chinatown’s Businesses. (But That May Not Be Enough To Keep Them Open.)

Friday, December 18, 2020

Second-generation Chinese New Yorkers are bringing their tech savvy to their families' businesses.


Vaccine Rollout Begins at Safety Net Hospitals Across The City

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

The first employees received vaccines on Wednesday at two hospitals that serve some of the city's most vulnerable residents.


Marriott Will Lay Off 850 Employees from Times Square Hotel

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

The Marriott will lay off 850 employees from its hotel in Times Square, citing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.


How A Simple Change In Homeless Strategy Is Making A Big Difference Bringing People Indoors

Friday, December 11, 2020

Since the pandemic started, hundreds of homeless New Yorkers have left the streets and subways, places where they, in many cases, lived for years.  


More Than 110,000 Children Were Homeless Last Year, Report Says

Thursday, December 03, 2020

More than 110,000 New York City students were homeless during at least one point during the last school year, according to a new report.


Judge Lets City Move Homeless People Out Of UWS Hotel

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

A judge has decided that the city can move ahead with its plan to relocate homeless men who've been staying at the Lucerne hotel on the Upper West Side.


A Historian Explains Why Everything We Know About Thanksgiving Is Wrong

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

The Pilgrims didn't exactly 'invite' their Native American counterparts to their harvest feast in 1621. Nor was it exactly the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

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Legal Aid Sues City Over Lack Of Internet Access For Homeless Students

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

The Legal Aid Society has filed a federal lawsuit against the city over lack of internet access in homeless shelters.


NYC Public Hospitals Start To Transfer ICU Patients As COVID Returns

Friday, November 20, 2020

COVID-related hospital admissions have tripled since September, and seasonal flu cases are also on the rise.  


School Closures Present A Particular Challenge For Homeless Families

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Mayor de Blasio's decision to halt all in-person learning at New York City's public schools is particularly challenging for homeless families living in shelters.


With Coronavirus Cases, Increasing, Contact Tracers Workload Climbing Fast

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Until recently, the city's contact tracers could complete their call assignments each day—or at least try. But that was when there were hundreds of people to call, not thousands.


Tango Dancers Twisting, Turning—And Splitting—Over Pandemic

Monday, November 16, 2020

Conflicts over mask wearing and social distancing reach into many corners of the cultural scene—including the metro area's lively tango scene.

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New York City Has Passed Two COVID-19 Thresholds. So Why Hasn't It Been Shut Down?

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Mayor de Blasio said he'd reconsider how open city should remain, if it passed 550 cases a day. We're now around 1,000—but hospitalizations are surprisingly low.


Increasing Number Of Families With Children At Risk Of Homelessness, Report Says

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

One-third of families with children in the New York metro area haven’t paid their rent in recent months, according to a new report.


Democrats And The Fight Over 'Socialism'

Monday, November 09, 2020

Centrists in the Democratic party blame the S-word for losses on Election Day.

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