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: 'Slava's Snowshow' Is A Surreal Pleasure

Saturday, November 30, 2019

For kids, it's purely funny. But for grownups, this show about trying to find comfort and connection in a lonely world is also sad and strange. 


Review: Is 'The Inheritance' the Next 'Angels'? Not Quite.

Saturday, November 23, 2019

It's easy to see why "The Inheritance" is being compared to "Angels in America." They're both very, very long plays about gay men and AIDS that are divided into two parts.

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De Blasio Enlists City Workers to Reduce Homelessness

Thursday, November 14, 2019

18,000 city workers will become part of an expanded effort to reduce street homelessness.

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The True Origins of Gentrification

Friday, November 08, 2019

In his book "Newcomers: Gentrification and Its Discontents," WNYC senior editor Matthew Schuerman traces the roots of the phenomenon re-shaping New York and cities across the country. 


The Real Story of Gentrification

Tuesday, November 05, 2019

Neighborhood changes can be good and bad simultaneously 

Review: 'The Lightning Thief' Is Kid's Stuff

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Fans of the series of best-selling books for middle grade readers will find a lot to like. Their parents? Not so much. 


Review: The Hard Satire of 'Soft Power'

Saturday, October 26, 2019

David Henry Hwang's new show is a twist on Rogers and Hammerstein's "The King and I." Kind of.


NYCHA's Turnaround Plan Faces Obstacles

Friday, October 25, 2019

Nearly a year after the de Blasio administration announced a plan to raise billions of dollars needed for capital repairs, one strategy isn’t working out as planned.

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Domestic Violence Driving City's High Homelessness Numbers

Monday, October 21, 2019

The number of families who end up in shelters as a result of domestic violence outpaces evictions.

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Review: The 'Sound Inside' Thrills

Sunday, October 20, 2019

A story of a lonely creative writing professor and her young student is creepy. And riveting. 

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Review: 'Little Shop of Horrors' Is Perfectly Creepy — and Surprisingly Deep

Saturday, October 19, 2019

The musical about a carnivorous plant has returned to its Off Broadway roots — so to speak — in a production starring Jonathan Groff, Christian Borle and Tammy Blanchard.


Homeless Killing Brings Kendra's Law Back Into Spotlight

Thursday, October 10, 2019

The alleged perpetrator had been placed in a shelter for men with mental illness. But that alone doesn't mean he should have been involuntarily treated.

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Review: Freestyle Love Supreme's Hip Hop Improv Is Solid But Too Safe

Saturday, October 05, 2019

Lin-Manuel Miranda's improvisational comedy group offers something different to Broadway audiences. But it might be out of place there.


When A Misdemeanor Can Land You In An Art Museum

Wednesday, October 02, 2019

Individuals arrested for low-level crimes in Brooklyn are getting a chance to avoid court system if they participate in an art course.


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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