After graduation, Schumacher worked as a reporter and then as city editor at Las Vegas Sun. He then worked for three years as managing editor of Las Vegas CityLife, an alternative newsweekly. In 2000, he went to work for Stephens Media, where he launched the now-defunct Las Vegas Mercury, an alt-weekly, which published for four years until it folded after Stephens Media bought rival Las Vegas CityLife. Schumacher wrote a weekly column for the Review-Journal beginning in January 2006. In May 2008, he was named publisher of CityLife.