Matthew Schuerman joined WNYC in December 2007 as the transportation and economic development reporter. He covered repeated financial crises at the MTA, the most severe transit 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 been an editor in the WNYC newsroom. In addition, he has recently reported a number of Sandy-related stories.
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.
Schuerman has been a fan of WNYC since the mid-1990s, when he was working as a reporter at The Day, a daily newspaper in New London, Conn. Though 100 miles away from New York, he could get Brian Lehrer and Leonard Lopate on his car radio while driving along Interstate 95 on his daily rounds, thanks to how the AM signal travels over the Long Island Sound.
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.
More than a year after Superstorm Sandy devastated parts of New York City, not a single home here has been rebuilt or repaired with housing aid provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development under the Sandy federal aid bill.
About 16 months after the storm, federal HUD aid has failed to rebuild even one house in New York City. De Blasio promises (again) a full review of the Build it Back program.
A rookie mayor takes office, and a few days later, crazy winter weather hits and keeps on hitting in what ends up being a test of leadership. Sound familiar? It happened to Ed Koch, and it's happening now.
Sheepshead Bay residents affected by Sandy may be part of a plan from the Pratt Center Design
Jersey City — the state’s second largest city — was awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars less than Newark and Elizabeth, cities of comparable size and storm damage.
Legislation a victory for many residents along the New York and New Jersey coasts, but detractors say it will make the federal flood insurance program even less solvent.
A bill in the U.S. Senate to delay rate hikes for homeowners in flood-prone areas could be voted on as early as Wednesday.
As two federal inquiries got underway into alleged retaliation by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and his top aides, a state appellate court heard arguments Tuesday in a case involving yet another instance of supposed political payback.
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Irving Berlin grew up in New York. So what was he talking about when he wrote, years later, of a snow-covered Christmas “just like the ones I used to know?" Have years of climate change and development worn away the luster that Manhattan used to have every December 25th?
New York State’s top court on Tuesday blocked the Bloomberg administration's plan to impose new requirements on single adults trying to enter homeless shelters.
City corrections officers appear to have brought the courts to a virtual halt earlier this week. Defense attorney say as a result some people could spend extra time behind bars. What's the city's reaction? Silence.
New York City regained the mantle of having the tallest building in the country Tuesday when an obscure committee ruled that the spire atop 1 World Trade Center should be counted as part of its height.
It was a tale of two mayors at New York City Hall this morning.
On the anniversary of Sandy, the hospital marked the occasion in an unusual way: by holding a birthday party for the babies who had been evacuated after the storm hit back, and inviting the news media along.
It's one year since Hurricane Sandy battered the region. WNYC editor Matthew Schuerman and reporter Janet Babin discuss where we've been over the last year, including things that have changed and things that haven't but should. Plus, your calls: What lessons did we learn over the last year, and what comes next? Call 212-433-9692 or post below.
Bill Owens and his family essentially lost their house during Sandy. But what he really misses are the family Sunday night dinners.
Lots of quick, but limited, changes have taken root since Sandy. But the big challenges still remain.