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:

1968: Fifty Years Later

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

In a series of interviews with participants, historians and modern-day counterparts, WNYC looks back at how historic moments in a pivotal year shaped our region.

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De Blasio Takes (Some) Responsibility for Commissioner Confusion

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

The mayor says the leadership change at the city Office of Emergency Management "could have been handled better all around."

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Bill Would Open New York's Streets to E-Bikes & E-Scooters

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

The legislation would legalize all types of electric bikes and electric scooters. Mayor de Blasio is skeptical.

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New Bill Aims to Prevent Businesses from Going Cashless

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Council Member Ritchie Torres says it's a ploy to keep out people who don't have credit cards or smart phone apps.

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Treatment of Grad Student in UAE Leads to Outcry at NYU

Friday, November 23, 2018

British doctoral student Matthew Hedges has been sentenced to life in prison in the United Arab Emirates, where New York University has a campus. 

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Public Housing Residents Suffer Without Heat Over Thanksgiving Weekend

Friday, November 23, 2018

Residents resort to using their ovens as heaters and huddling under blankets.

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Number of New Yorkers Unable to Afford Enough Food Decreases

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

The number of New Yorkers unable to buy enough food has significantly decreased over the past six years, according to a new report.

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Immigrant Groups Have a Special Reason to Oppose Amazon's Move

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

As opposition mounts against Amazon's move to Queens, the conversation isn't just about gentrification and local jobs, but also about the company's role in immigration enforcement.

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Amazon's Future Neighbor Views Company's Plan Eagerly ... and Cautiously

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

When Amazon opens its new hub in NYC, its neighbor will be the largest housing project in the country whose residents have high expectations that the company might not deliver on.

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City's Homeless Plan Isn't Keeping Pace

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Mayor de Blasio announced an ambitious plan more than a year and a half ago to build more, better shelters, and to locate them more evenly throughout the city.

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Behind the Scenes, Poll Workers Tried to Save Election Day

Thursday, November 08, 2018

The New York City Board of Elections knew that extra-long ballots in Brooklyn and Queens could cause extra problems.

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Does the First Amendment Apply to Immigrants Facing Deportation?

Monday, October 29, 2018

Immigrant rights activist Ravi Ragbir accuses Immigration and Customs Enforcement of trying to deport him for speaking out, but the government claims he doesn't have a case.

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Six Years Later, an Innovative Sandy Program Yields Resilience (and Lots of Frustration)

Monday, October 29, 2018

New York State bought Sandy-damaged properties at pre-storm value, and then auctioned them off to the highest bidder. Will $18 million strengthen one block in Staten Island?

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Hotel Union Seeks Concessions to Allow On-the-Job Voting

Thursday, October 25, 2018

A new contract gives suburban New York workers four hours of paid leave on Election Day to cast their ballots.

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Mayor's Office Sent Out 30,000 Letters with Inaccurate Voting Information

Thursday, October 18, 2018

De Blasio says "very few" of the letters were inaccurate, but aides admit the proportion was about 8 percent.

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Another Chance to Reform New York's Inane Property Tax System

Thursday, October 18, 2018

New York City's system has been blamed for raising rents, exacerbating income inequality, and even encouraging gentrification. And we've already tried to fix it once.

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NYC Officials Work to Make NYCHA Units Winter-Ready

Thursday, October 18, 2018

New boilers. More heating technicians. But officials are still keeping their "fingers crossed" that the winter is "not as harsh" as last year.

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Police Seek 12 in Proud Boys Brawl in Manhattan

Monday, October 15, 2018

The police are looking for nine members of the alt-right group and three anti-fascist protesters involved in the fight on the Upper East Side.

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Number of Homeless Students Rises by Nearly 3 Percent in New York City

Monday, October 15, 2018

More than 114,000 students in New York City schools were homeless at some point during the last school year.

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Experts, Agencies Suggest NYC Open Data Law Lacks Resources

Friday, September 28, 2018

A WNYC analysis found dozens of late datasets, with some agencies saying they don't have the staff to implement the law.

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