Matthew Schuerman

Editor, WNYC

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.

Matthew Schuerman appears in the following:

Gov. Christie Kills ARC Tunnel Again

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Gov. Christie cancels the ARC Tunnel for a second time.

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Parts of New York City Earn Federal Disaster Declaration After September Storms

Thursday, October 14, 2010

President Barack Obama has formally declared parts of New York City a disaster area because of the tornados and severe storms that ripped through Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island last month.

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Will Tower at 15 Penn Hurt Development Chances at World Trade Center?

Thursday, August 26, 2010

The new skyscraper in Midtown won't just change the views of and from the Empire State Building.

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DiNapoli Assails MTA's Overtime; MTA Agrees

Friday, August 06, 2010

Almost 150 employees of the MTA earn more in overtime than from their base salaries, according to an audit by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. The report assails the MTA's lax attitude towards overtime and calculates that the Authority spent nearly $600 million last year paying employees time-and-a-half.

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Union Solidarity Under Attack at Staten Island E-ZPass Center

Friday, August 06, 2010

To see how support for a union at the E-ZPass customer service center on Staten Island has fallen off this year, all you have to do is show up on a Thursday. That’s the day when workers there, as well as at other places where there are workers represented by the Communications Workers of America union, wear red shirts to show their solidarity. And what does it look like there?

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Staten Island Hate Crime Victim Speaks Out

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

In Staten Island, police have made one arrest and are expected to make another shortly for last weekend's assault on an 18-year-old high schooler who was heading home from his job busing tables early last Saturday morning.

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MTA Gives Riders Two Choices in Fare Hikes

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

The MTA is giving monthly and weekly MetroCard users a choice: higher fares or higher fares.

As previously reported, the MTA is proposing to limit the number of times that riders can use weekly and monthly MetroCards. But in the fare hike plan that’s being made public Wednesday, the MTA is presenting a second option that would make the MetroCards more expensive but keep them unlimited. The MTA will then judge the public’s reaction to the two ideas and choose one of the two plans.

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MTA: Say Goodbye to Fun Cards

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

MTA officials are planning to eliminate the unlimited one-day “Fun Pass,” saying that the tourist-friendly MetroCards have become too friendly for subway scammers.

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NYC Closes Tunnel to Gowanus Canal

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

New York City closed an underground water tunnel on Monday that's been used for the past 10 years to flush out the notorious Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn. The closure is supposed to pay off in the long-term by allowing $135 million worth of improvements to take place, though it also introduces some short-term risks while the tunnel is out of operation.

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MTA to Cut Back on Bulk Discounts

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Some straphangers are going to feel the next fare hike more than others.

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MTA Service Cuts Begin: A Guide

Friday, June 25, 2010

Beginning Sunday, 38 bus routes will be cut entirely, while another 76 will run shorter routes or shorter hours. Off-peak subway service will be reduced on 11 subway lines starting Sunday, while two others will be eliminated as of Monday.

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Highest NY Court Upholds Columbia University Expansion Plan

Thursday, June 24, 2010

New York's highest court has ruled in favor of Columbia University's expansion plan over 17 acres in West Harlem, and the state's plan to seize private property in its footprint.

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Bloomberg Names New Deputy Mayor for Economic Development

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is appointing Robert Steel, a former Wall Street banker, as his deputy mayor for economic development, according to city officials.

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MTA Saves Free Student MetroCards

Friday, June 18, 2010

The MTA is abandoning its plan to revoke free MetroCards for students to get to school.

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MTA to Hold Hearings Prior to Closing Booths

Friday, June 04, 2010

A Manhattan judge has ruled that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) can not close subway token booths or fire more than 200 station agents without first holding public hearings.

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New York University Planning to Expand

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

New York University is planning a massive expansion that will unfold over the next 20 years.

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Workers at Ground Zero Say 'Build Now'

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Call on Port Authority and developer Larry Silverstein to speed up stalled rebuilding effort.

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Fare Hikes Possible for NJ Transit Riders

Thursday, February 18, 2010

NJ Transit bus and rail riders could face a 30 percent fare hike as early as this May, according to union leaders.

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Construction Deaths Fall in NYC

Friday, January 08, 2010

Fewer construction workers died on the job in 2009 across the five boroughs compared to 2008, according to the city Buildings Department.

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MTA Won't Use Stimulus Funds to Stop Cuts

Thursday, January 07, 2010

The MTA's chairman is resisting calls to use federal stimulus money to restore free student Metrocards and other service cuts planned for later this year.

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