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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

Noncompete Reform Dropped As Mass. Lawmakers Reach Economic Development Deal

July 31, 2014

BOSTON — The debate over noncompete agreements had pitted the state’s established companies against Greater Boston’s tech sector.

Limbo Continues For Market Basket Workers, Shoppers

July 30, 2014
Signs in support of ousted CEO Arthur T. Demoulas hang above empty checkout lines at a Market Basket in Somerville on Tuesday. (Curt Nickisch/WBUR)

SOMERVILLE, Mass. — As Market Basket employees suffer through uncertainty about the future of their jobs and company, stores remain nearly empty, and pressure may be mounting on the company’s board of directors to make a decision soon.

5 Ways The Market Basket Muddle Could Break

July 29, 2014
The Market Basket standoff is enduring through a second week. Here, a customer walks past empty shelves at a Somerville store on July 22. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

BOSTON — What solutions are there to end a crisis that’s costing workers and family shareholders alike? Here are five scenarios.

Market Basket Standoff Leaves Vendors Stuck With Ripening Products

July 24, 2014
The Market Basket standoff is enduring through a second week. Here, a customer walks past empty shelves at a Somerville store on July 22. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

BOSTON — New England farmers and fisherman who usually sell their products to Market Basket are now stuck holding their products as the supermarket chain’s dispute between its leadership and employees continues.

The Mystery Of Market Basket’s Missing Website, And The Lone Shopper Who Filled The Void

July 23, 2014
A screentshot of MyDemoulas.com.

Michael Devaney started an online resource for Market Basket customers after he couldn’t find the hours for his local store. The website now gets 1.2 million unique visitors a month. And when the current dispute blew up last weekend, so did Devaney’s inbox.

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.

Lexington Company Shire Agrees To Be Bought In $55B Deal

July 18, 2014

BOSTON — Lexington-based pharmaceutical company Shire has agreed to be bought by Chicago-based AbbVie for nearly $55 billion.

Cool Or Creepy? Mass. Startup Developing ‘World’s First Family Robot’

July 17, 2014
Social robotics expert and Jibo CEO Cynthia Breazeal next to the company's robot-in-development. (Courtesy)

BOSTON — Robotics startup Jibo designs a home-based robot to be a trusted companion and family assistant.

Mass. WWII Veterans Awarded France’s Highest Honor

July 15, 2014

BOSTON — The French consulate in Boston presented the Legion of Honor to Norman Grossman of Hingham and Frank Pagliuca of Brockton.

1 Way Mass. Casino Law Differs: Money For Neighboring Towns

July 14, 2014
A rendering of the proposed Mohegan Sun casino at Suffolk Downs in Revere

BOSTON — Until now, state gambling laws elsewhere have carved out a share of casino profits for only the host city and the state.

Boston Reaches Impact Deal With Mohegan Sun

July 11, 2014
A rendering of the proposed Mohegan Sun casino at Suffolk Downs in Revere

BOSTON — But Boston did not come to an agreement over impacts to Charlestown from a proposed casino from Wynn Resorts in Everett.

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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