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Curt Nickisch

Business & Technology Reporter, WBUR

Curt Nickisch serves as WBUR’s Business & Technology Reporter. He strives to tell the best tech, economy and financial stories in ways that both biz-savvy insiders and business neophytes find intriguing and informative.

Curt is also currently a M.B.A. candidate at Boston University. He previously earned an M.S. in Journalism from South Dakota State University and a B.A. from the University of Utah.

His start in radio journalism began during Fulbright study in Europe, where he reported for Germany’s international broadcaster. He’s now a regular contributor to NPR and Marketplace. Curt has won various journalism honors, including national Edward R. Murrow and Scripps Howard Radio Awards.

Recent stories

Mass. Businesses Say Obama’s Immigration Action Doesn’t Go Far Enough

November 21, 2014
President Obama speaks about immigration, Friday at Del Sol High School in Las Vegas. (Carolyn Kaster/AP)

BOSTON — Bay State businesses and their trade organizations are welcoming the president’s action as a first step. But they say for a big economic impact, there’s no substitute for comprehensive immigration reform.

Berlin Wall A Shadow For Younger Generation

November 11, 2014
Some in Berlin say that although the Wall is gone, it casts a shadow over the new generation, especially over youth in the east. (Emanuele Toscano/Flickr)

We hear from young Germans, from a 17-year-old who urges solidarity, to a 27-year-old who thinks the wall should be rebuilt.

Remembering The Fall Of The Berlin Wall

November 10, 2014
Three-year-old Hulda Planer-Friedrich sticks roses in the Berlin Wall Memorial.(Curt Nickisch/WBUR)

On the 25th anniversary of the day the wall came down, Curt Nickisch of WBUR speaks to Germans about their memories of that time.

An Old Drink Captures The Spirit Of A New Berlin

November 07, 2014
At the company's tasting bar, the bottle on the left is from the 1950s; the one on the right is the revived product that has become the company's signature seller. (Curt Nickisch/WBUR)

Schilkin is an East Berlin distillery with a long history. It’s finding economic salvation in the new spirit of Berlin.

Boston’s Innovation, Business Circles Remember Menino

October 31, 2014
Boston Mayor Tom Menino speaks at startup accelerator MassChallenge in the Boston's Innovation District on 1 March 2012. (Flickr/Scott Eisen/Governor's Office)

BOSTON — The business and tech communities credit Tom Menino with a huge impact on shaping the Innovation District and boosting economic growth in the city.

Menino Put His Stamp On Boston’s Skyline

October 30, 2014
A view from the Seaport District of Boston's downtown waterfront. (Flickr/Corey Templeton)

BOSTON — As Bostonians say goodbye to their former longtime mayor, who passed away Thursday at 71, they’re working and living in a city that Thomas Menino helped shape — old neighborhoods and new developments alike.

Massachusetts Tech Sector Feels Its Growing Weight In Politics

October 21, 2014

BOSTON — Tech trade organizations aren’t backing any particular candidate in the governor’s race, but workers are experiencing somewhat of a political awakening.

A Question Of Redemption: Voters To Decide Bottle Bill Expansion With Ballot Question 2

October 15, 2014
(Jeff Barnard/AP)

BOSTON — The ballot question would expand the bottle bill to include plastic bottles of non-carbonated beverages.

Abigail Johnson Named Fidelity CEO

October 14, 2014

BOSTON — Abigail Johnson, 52, has worked for the Boston mutual fund giant full-time since 1988, getting experience in different parts of the business that her grandfather founded.

A Neglected Market: Mayor Walsh Calls For More Middle-Class Housing

October 10, 2014

BOSTON — Mayor Marty Walsh is starting to pay attention to a long neglected market by calling for 53,000 additional housing units in Boston designed mostly to benefit middle-income earners.

HubSpot Shares Jump In Wall Street Debut

October 09, 2014
HubSpot's founders Dharmesh Shah (l) and Brian Halligan (r). Courtesy photo.

BOSTON — Shares of the Cambridge Internet marketing firm jumped 20 percent in value in their first day of trading.

Baker, Coakley Spar In Boston Chamber Forum

October 08, 2014
Republican Charlie Baker and Democrat Martha Coakley participate in a Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce debate. WBUR's Bob Oakes, right, moderates. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

BOSTON — The two leading gubernatorial candidates battled over super PAC ads and his leadership of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care.

Chelsea Biotech Firm Civitas Drops IPO For $525M Sale

September 24, 2014

BOSTON — A Chelsea biotech drug company, which developed a Parkinson’s disease drug, is ditching Wall Street for deeper pockets up the road in Ardsley, N.Y.

Inspired By Family Illness, Philanthropist Gives $650 Million For Psychiatric Research

July 22, 2014
The Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT summer student Lydia Emerson and aesearch associate Aldo Amaya. (Courtesy/Kelly Davidson Photography)

BOSTON — Researchers at the Broad Institute in Cambridge plan to use Ted Stanley’s donation to catalog all the genetic variations that contribute to severe psychiatric disorders.

Uber Tests The Waters Of Boston Harbor

June 06, 2014
The on demand car service app Uber is testing the out water taxi service in Boston Harbor. (Mass. Office of Travel & Tourism via Flickr)

The on-demand car ride company is taking to the waters of Boston Harbor to try out water taxi service.

Fateful Boston Marathon Photo: Mass. General’s ER At 4:15 On 4/15

June 05, 2013
CLICK TO ENLARGE: Mass. General’s emergency department at 4:15 p.m. on 4/15. (Dr. John Herman/MGH)

When the photo was snapped, the first rush had passed. The medical professionals didn’t know that another 24 patients were on their way.

Brown’s Rare Chance At A Senate ‘Do-Over’

January 02, 2013
Sen. Scott Brown, during his Election Night concession speech (Dominick Reuter for WBUR)

BOSTON — The Republican potentially has a rare chance to get right back on the horse that bucked him off.

Sen. Brown Pushes Crowdfunding Legislation

March 05, 2012
Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., speaks with reporters at Mul's Diner in Boston, Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011. (AP)

Sen. Scott Brown has filed legislation in the Senate that could change the way startups are funded.

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