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 CityLimits.org 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:

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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Trump's Trade War Has Everything To Do With The Price Of Tea In Chinatown

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Earlier this month, President Trump escalated the trade war with China. The price of everything from goji berries to slippers is being affected.

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NYPD Dispatch Times in the Bronx Are Longer Than the Rest of NYC

Thursday, May 09, 2019

It takes longer to dispatch police officers to crime scenes in the Bronx than in other parts of the city.

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New York City Loses Court Case Over Right To Arrest Foster Youth

Tuesday, May 07, 2019

A state appellate court has ruled that New York City can no longer arrest children who run away from foster care.

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Comptroller Says Child Welfare Agency Performs "Lackluster" Oversight of Foster Care Homes

Monday, May 06, 2019

More than 80 percent of foster parents had not undergone the requisite background checks, training or other required steps to be certified.

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Advocacy Group Says Homeless Count Approaches 64,000

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

The Coalition for the Homeless argues Mayor de Blasio's policies are exacerbating the problem.

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Legendary Contralto Marian Anderson's New York Roots

Tuesday, April 09, 2019

On the 80th Anniversary of her legendary concert, a look back at her career in New York City.

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Brooklyn Hospital Turns Parking Lot Into Housing

Wednesday, April 03, 2019

"We have a cure for homelessness. It's called a home. It's 100 percent effective it has no side-effects."

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NYC Is Paying for Thousands of Homeless Families to Move Out of the City

Monday, March 25, 2019

As part of its strategy to tackle homelessness, the de Blasio administration has paid 2,300 New Yorkers to move out of the city.

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NJ Commiittees Just Say 'Yes' to Marijuana Legalization

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Bill would expunge criminal records for most possession and dealing cases, but still faces uncertain fate in full legislature.

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NYCHA's Fixes Might Require Even More Money Than de Blasio Thinks

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

A new report suggests that New York City may have to spend even more money than previously thought to fix its public housing.

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How an African American Neighborhood on Long Island Saved Itself

Monday, March 11, 2019

Horton Avenue used to be just about the only place in the Suffolk County town where black people could live. A simple traffic circle drove them out.

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Newark Failed to Inspect Dozens of Kids' Apartments Thought to Have Lead

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

The city's health department investigated less than a third of the cases it was supposed to.

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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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