Matthew Schuerman

Editor, WNYC

Matthew Schuerman joined WNYC in December 2007 as the transportation and economic development reporter. He covered repeated financial crises at the MTA, the most severe transit 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 been an editor in the WNYC newsroom. In addition, he has recently reported a number of Sandy-related stories.

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.

Schuerman has been a fan of WNYC since the mid-1990s, when he was working as a reporter at The Day, a daily newspaper in New London, Conn. Though 100 miles away from New York, he could get Brian Lehrer and Leonard Lopate on his car radio while driving along Interstate 95 on his daily rounds, thanks to how the AM signal travels over the Long Island Sound.

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:

Is Public Housing Prepared for the Next Sandy?

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

When Sandy hit four years ago, it exposed how susceptible public housing was to coastal storms. Now, NYCHA is starting to spend its $3 billion FEMA grant on upgrades.


Why 'Build It Back' Recovery Failed

Monday, October 24, 2016

Four years after Hurricane Sandy, New York City doesn't reach its mission to build back devastated homes and return homeowners quickly.

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Making New York Cool Again

Monday, October 24, 2016

WNYC's Harlem Heat Project wrapped up its work — for now — with a brainstorming session about how to protect people from extreme heat during the summer. Here are some ideas.

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De Blasio Backs Down from Build It Back Promise

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Last year, the mayor promised to complete all Build it Back projects by the end of 2016. Now he says that's not possible.

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FEMA to Incorporate Climate Change in New Flood Maps

Monday, October 17, 2016

The agency will develop two sets of maps, appeasing both environmentalists and homeowners.


The Culprit Behind Long Island's Algae Blooms

Friday, October 07, 2016

Too many people with septic tanks on an aquifer made of sand spells trouble. 


This Tenant Harassment Story Has a Happy Ending

Thursday, October 06, 2016

It took three years, but the rent-stabilized residents of a Greenpoint, Brooklyn building return home after being forced to move out.

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Hear the Heat: Our Song Demonstrates What it Felt Like Inside Harlem Homes This Summer

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Every 15 minutes, WNYC's recorded the heat index inside about 30 homes in Harlem. And we turned each temperature into a musical note to play what the heat in Harlem sounds like. 

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Water Company Seeks Money for Project it Never Built

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

A private company spent $54 million developing a plan to purify Harlem River water. Now it wants to pass along that cost to its customers. 

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A Sandy Rebuilding Program Long on Frustration, Now Short of Money

Thursday, September 22, 2016

New York City's Build It Back program needs another $500 million, some of which will be diverted from the city's own capital projects.


A Century Later, City's Heat Strategies Still Come Up Short

Thursday, September 08, 2016

New York City didn't always take charge in extreme heat. It started with a young Theodore Roosevelt and the greatest cooling technology of 1896. Have we kept up with times?

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The Perfect Place for a Shark to Grow Up: Off of Long Island

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The area off the East End may be the only place in the North Atlantic where baby sharks spend their first few months of life. 

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As Temperatures Climb, the Elderly, Frail and Poor Are Put at Risk

Thursday, August 18, 2016

"The fan ain’t doing no good, at all,” says one 69-year-old admitted for heat exhaustion.

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The Man Who (Un)Dressed Marilyn Monroe

Friday, August 12, 2016

In "Women He's Undressed," director Gillian Armstrong looks at the Hollywood fashion designer Orry-Kelly and the secrets he kept.

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After Naming 92 Species, Taxonomist Says, 'I Want to Know Them All'

Thursday, August 11, 2016

He says giving living things names isn't about Latin; it's about appreciating biological diversity. 

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'Numbskull' Decision Stalls Hundreds of New Jersey Transportation Projects

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

It's been a month since Gov. Chris Christie ordered the shutdown of hundreds of transportation projects across the state, frustrating drivers, workers and small-town leaders alike.

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Drones Swarm Governors Island

Friday, August 05, 2016

It's like riding a motorcycle, but safer, says one participant.


How Neighborhood Policing Is Working in Washington Heights

Friday, August 05, 2016

It's one of the first precincts to adopt a neighborhood policing strategy that incoming NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill championed. But it has its detractors.


In Albany, Pay Raises Are a Political Bomb—And Now It's Going Off

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

One member of the Legislative Pay Commission wants a big raise for legislators. Others say, not so fast.


Protesters 'Occupy' City Park, This Time Over Police Practices

Monday, August 01, 2016

A protest in City Hall Park marry the aims of the Black Lives Matter movement and recall the tactics of Occupy Wall Street.

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