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 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.
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:
Thursday, November 24, 2022
Electric bikes are catching on. But damaged or improperly charged batteries can explode and cause deadly fires, as has happened repeatedly in New York City. Officials are searching for solutions.
Sunday, October 30, 2022
New York City is on track this year to record twice as many fires caused by e-bike and e-scooter batteries as last year, and four times as many as the year before.
Saturday, October 08, 2022
With the Supreme Court chambers off-limits to cameras, Art Lien's sketches helped the public understand what it was like to hear arguments and decisions in the highest court of the land.
Friday, September 09, 2022
Sarah Cameron Sunde brings her tidal cycle performance to New York City to cap off a nine-year global tour to spread awareness of sea level rise.
Saturday, July 30, 2022
A heavy duty commercial electric mower with long-lasting batteries can cost nearly $30,000, more than three times what a comparable gas-powered machine sells for.
Saturday, May 28, 2022
NASA began "sonifying" its famous photos of outer space to help people who are visually impaired enjoy the images. Recently, it recreated the sound of a black hole 240 million light-years away.
Friday, May 27, 2022
New York is the latest, and largest, state to consider charging product-makers to dispose of their packaging. But lawmakers are clashing over how much to involve industry in creating a new system.
Saturday, December 04, 2021
NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Patti LuPone, one of the stars of the revival of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's musical "Company" on Broadway.
Tuesday, April 27, 2021
Some political observers initially predicted New York would lose two seats.
Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Former President Trump admitted refugees at a far higher rate than President Biden has, so far.
Monday, April 12, 2021
Staff at New York jails and prisons are taking the COVID-19 vaccines at a lower rate than similar front-line workers, raising concerns among health experts.
Tuesday, April 06, 2021
A former Trump appointee admitted to violating federal law by producing a Republican National Convention video boasting that conditions at NYCHA had improved.
Wednesday, March 31, 2021
On Wednesday morning, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the historic marijuana legalization law that the New York state legislature passed overnight.
Monday, March 29, 2021
The de Blasio administration is seeking to overhaul one of New York's most storied neighborhoods with more housing and streamlined retail rules.
Thursday, March 25, 2021
“How much more do I need to go through to qualify?” said one renter. “Do I have to be starving and living under a bridge to qualify? It makes no sense to me.”
Wednesday, March 17, 2021
The city’s homeless services provider agencies have ended up on Comptroller Stringer’s watch list for the third year in a row.
Wednesday, March 17, 2021
The Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development found evictions are being filed nearly four times more often in zip codes with the highest rates of death from COVID-19.
Monday, March 15, 2021
Non-profit groups that run homeless shelters say they’re facing the worst cash crunch in several years due to significant delays in payments from New York City.
Monday, March 15, 2021
The MTA has been holding its monthly board meetings remotely since the start of the pandemic. But, the transit agency has rolled what used to be two days of public meetings into one.
Friday, March 12, 2021
A year ago, Broadway shut down. Now it's hopeful that opening night might be in the fall.