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:

Review: The Starkness of This 'Betrayal' Brings Out Its Complexities

Saturday, September 07, 2019

There is more said in Pinter's silences than is expressed in pages of dialogue by other playwrights.


De Blasio Follows Cuomo in Expanding Homeless Outreach in Subways

Thursday, August 22, 2019

On the heels of a new state initiative to decrease homelessness on the subways, the city is expanding its own efforts.

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Review: Hannah Gadsby's Stand-Up Show 'Douglas' Is a Winning Follow-Up to 'Nanette'

Saturday, August 03, 2019

Hannah Gadsby's acclaimed show "Nannette" came to New York — and then to Netflix. Her new piece "Douglas" is less intense, but just as scathing.


Report Finds Diversity in City's Cultural Institutions — But Not When It Comes to Race

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Some traditionally marginalized groups — women, LGBTQ people and those with disabilities — are actually over-represented in the ranks of nonprofit arts workers.

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Homeless Outreach Provider Acquired Multi-Million-Dollar Contract Without Bidding

Monday, July 29, 2019

The same non-profit faulted for ineffective homeless outreach at commuter rail hubs has an even larger contract for the subways.

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Review: 'Moulin Rouge: The Musical!' Is Too Much of an Over-the-Top Spectacle

Saturday, July 27, 2019

The musical has a little bit of everything—confetti, fireworks, an elephant— except a strong plot.

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State Comptroller: Homeless Outreach Provider Is Failing at Its Job

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says outreach workers spent more time in the office than interacting with the homeless and trying to move them to shelters.

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HUD Administrator Skeptical of HUD's Immigrant Rule

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Lynne Patton says keeping undocumented immigrants out of New York City public housing is 'not my personal priority.'

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The Film 'In the Heights' Is Shooting ... in (Washington) Heights

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

The film based on Lin-Manuel Miranda's first Broadway hit draws scenery, and cast members, from the Dominican neighborhood.

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De Blasio's Presidential Cash Coming Overwhelmingly from Large Gifts

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

In a campaign where Democrats are eager to prove their grassroots bonafides, just 9 percent of contributions to de Blasio's presidential campaign came from small donors.

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Shelter Provider, Defying City Policy, Warns Immigrant Families to Leave Temporarily

Monday, July 15, 2019

Christine Quinn's group advised some residents to leave in case federal authorities showed up with a warrant.


Cuomo Says MTA Needs to Tackle Increasing Homelessness

Friday, July 12, 2019

Governor Cuomo says the MTA should address the problem of increasing homelessness in subways.


Fanfare and Politics at Ticker Tape Parade for Women World Champions

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

The crowd heckled US Soccer Federation President Carlos Cordeiro with chants of "Equal Pay" and "Cut the Check."


Why Queens Is the Center of the Nation's Progressive Movement

Friday, June 28, 2019

A string of insurgent victories has put the Borough of Immigrants at the forefront of political change.

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Stuyvesant Parents Association Dives Into Debate Over School Entrance Exam

Thursday, June 27, 2019

No longer just about raising money or informing parents, the Stuyvesant Parents' Association has been urging members to lobby against reforms intended to diversify its student body.

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HUD Recommended NYCHA's New Chairman. Now, Its Regional Administrator Is Criticizing His Salary

Friday, June 21, 2019

In a series of tweets. Lynne Patton criticized Gregory Russ' $400,000-plus salary.

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One Small Step to Keep Public Housing Cool

Monday, June 17, 2019

The New York City Housing Authority is launching a pilot program to install air cooling equipment in two senior housing buildings ... for free.

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De Blasio Administration Turns Attention to Homeless in Subways

Thursday, June 13, 2019

The program to divert them people who sleep on the subway from the criminal justice system and into shelters.   

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City's Public Housing Heads Down Privatization Road

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Ocean Bay Apartments is the city's first and the country's largest single-site conversion to an Obama-era program that relies on private companies to repair and renovate public housing.

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Fewer Homeless New Yorkers On Street, But More On Subways, According To Survey

Thursday, May 30, 2019

There are fewer homeless people on New York City’s streets, but more in the subway system.

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