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:

Amid Covid-19 Pandemic, Formerly Homeless Family Deals With Job Loss

Thursday, July 23, 2020

COVID-19 has changed the lives of practically everyone, but this period has been especially challenging for the nearly 800,000 New York City residents who’ve lost their jobs.


Insurgents Pick Up Seats As New York Primary Results Trickle In

Thursday, July 23, 2020

New York held its primary exactly one month ago on June 23rd. WNYC's Brigid Bergin and Gothamist's David Cruz report on results so far.


De Blasio Scales Back NYPD 'Outreach' To Homeless

Friday, July 17, 2020

Just a year ago, the mayor had announced an unusually close partnership between the NYPD and Department of Homeless Services.


At Defund Police Encampment, The Homeless Find Food and Shelter

Wednesday, July 08, 2020

The cohabitation has brought moments of joy, but also of conflict, as activists attempt to deescalate tense moments without calling the police. 


Progressives Win Big In New York Primary

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

A wave of left-leaning congressional candidates had strong showings in the Bronx, Westchester and Rockland counties as of Primary Day.


Westchester's District Attorney Takes Beating In Primary After Revelations Of Secret Police Tapes

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Challenger Mimi Rocah made a campaign issue of recordings showing alleged corruption in Mount Vernon's police department, and the incumbent's handling of the issue.

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Primary Day Plays Out in Chaotic Ways

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Some polling sites didn't have ballots, lacked adequate staffing, and opened late.


City Lags Far Behind Promised Testing For Homeless New Yorkers

Friday, June 19, 2020

Back in April, Mayor de Blasio said all homeless New Yorkers would be tested for COVID-19 by the middle of May. But so far only a small fraction of them have been tested.


Despite Criticism Over Performance, Homeless Outreach Provider Receives Another Contract

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

The group that’s in charge of homeless outreach in the subway system has been awarded another contract despite facing criticism over its performance.


The New York Primary: 54 Races. 184 Candidates. Less Than 2 Weeks To Decide.

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Federal and state contests come amid unprecedented social turmoil, but the coronavirus pandemic has tamped down campaigning, and might depress turnout.


Bangladeshi Candidates Make Play For Political Power

Tuesday, June 09, 2020

Bangladeshis are among the fastest growing immigrant groups in New York, and right now, the community is putting forward a slate of political candidates, many of them progressive.


Child Abuse Reports Plunge During COVID Pandemic

Friday, June 05, 2020

Reports of possible child abuse and neglect have decreased significantly over the past two months. 


Lonely Life And Death Of One Homeless New Yorker

Thursday, June 04, 2020

Even without the threat of COVID-19, homeless New Yorkers die young. Many of them, like Angie Henry, pass away without family or friends.

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New York's and New Jersey's Reopening Plans Differ Vastly

Friday, May 29, 2020

Governors trying to balance public safety with economic recovery face public pressure to reopen.


Connecticut Reopens Some Businesses

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Restaurants began service customers outside. Retails shops, some malls, zooms and museums also opened.


Deaths Of Single Adults In Homeless Shelters Far Outpace City Average

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Fifty-two people died of COVID-19 in shelters for single adults. That’s a rate of 300 per 100,000 residents—more than 50% higher than the citywide average.


With Their Jobs Deemed Illegal, Hair Stylists and Barbers Go Underground

Monday, May 18, 2020

Personal service workers say they cannot feed their families or pay rent because they're not allowed to work.


Those Homeless From The Subway? Most Aren't Ending Up In Shelters.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

After touting his success in getting homeless New Yorkers out of the subway system and into shelters, Mayor de Blasio is acknowledging only a smaller portion of them are staying there.


Reports Of Domestic Violence Aren't Going Up. That Doesn't Mean It's Not Happening.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Even though reports of domestic violence in New York City have fallen since the coronavirus outbreak began, experts say there are likely more victims suffering behind closed doors.


City's Effort To House Subway Homeless Comes Up Short

Monday, May 11, 2020

Since the subway shutdown began last week, Mayor de Blasio has touted his success in getting hundreds of homeless people into shelters. But few of them end up staying there.