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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.

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Kraft Calls Brady’s Suspension ‘Unfathomable’

July 29, 2015

As the Patriots opened training camp on Wednesday, team owner Robert Kraft called the NFL’s decision to uphold a four-game suspension for Patriots quarterback Tom Brady “unfathomable.”

Some Upset, Others Relieved: Bostonians Wake Up To Dead Olympic Dream

July 28, 2015
Opponents of Boston's bid to host the 2024 Summer Games are celebrating its end. Others, however, including some politicians, suggest the city has benefited in simply having gone through the process. (Boston 2024)

Bostonians are waking up to a dead Olympic dream. Some say Boston’s rejection shows other cities that the Olympics are not worth it. But others say it opens the door for other cities to step in.

Backers, Opponents Joust At Olympics TV Debate

July 24, 2015
Organizers for the city's Olympic bid have now released documents on at least eight types of insurance it promises to purchase if it were to host the 2024 summer games. A rendering of the proposed Olympic Stadium, during the games (Boston 2024)

Arguments over the Olympics came to a head Thursday. A debate pitted two top supporters of a Boston Olympic bid against two leading opponents.

Boston 2024 Promises To Release Original Bid

July 23, 2015
Boston 2024 Chairman Steve Pagliuca, foreground left, and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, right, speak to reporters in June at TD Garden. Pagliuca announced Boston 2024 will release its full original bid documents next week. (Elise Amendola/AP)

nder pressure from the Boston City Council and ahead of a broadcast debate, Boston 2024 has decided to release its full original bid documents, including portions previously redacted.

Broadcast Olympics Debate Might Help Boston 2024 Up Support, Or It Might Help Opponents

July 23, 2015
Boston 2024 Chair Steve Pagliuca, left, and No Boston Olympics Co-Chair Chris Dempsey are two of four who will square off in a televised debate over the city's quest for the 2024 Summer Olympics. (AP)

Thursday’s debate will offer clues to the strategy, even if few Massachusetts voters take an hour out of a beautiful summer evening to think about how they want to spend the summer of 2024.

As Greece Passes Austerity Measures, Greek Startups In Boston Eye Growth

July 16, 2015
At the South Boston office of Workable, startup employees keep one eye on events in Greece. (Curt Nickisch/WBUR)

A growing number of Greek startups have been setting up shop in Boston. Their Greek ties — both personal and business-related — have them following the news from Greece about its economic woes closely.

WBUR Poll: Deadline Looming, Public Support Of Boston’s Olympic Bid Largely Unchanged

July 10, 2015
From left to right, Boston 2024 COO Erin Murphy, CEO Rich Davey, Chairman Steve Pagliuca and architect David Manfredi listen to a questions during a media availability last month after releasing a revised bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics. (Stephan Savoia/AP)

Overall the new poll demonstrates little evidence for a clear trend in rising support levels that Olympic organizers say they want to see before submitting Boston’s bid to the IOC in September.

Boston's Newest Housing Development Is About More Than Just Housing

July 07, 2015
Mayor Marty Walsh, U.S. Housing Secretary Julián Castro, City Councilor Charles Yancey and members of the community prepare to cut the ribbon during a ceremony at the new Quincy Heights housing development in Dorchester Tuesday. The new development is also home to a 35,000-square-foot shared food production facility. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Dorchester’s Quincy Heights development is surrounded by food trucks — because it’s also home to a new 35,000-square-foot shared food production facility for local entrepreneurs.

Massachusetts’ Newest Export: Innovation Spaces? Boston Real Estate Startup To Expand In Netherlands

July 07, 2015
Handelsgebouw building in Rotterdam’s Central Business District in 2016. (Guido Pijper, Twelve photographic services)

Cambridge Innovation Center is opening its first location abroad in the Netherlands. The real estate services company is planning to open an innovation center at the iconic Groot Handelsgebouw building in Rotterdam’s Central Business District in 2016.

Pressure Is On For Boston 2024 To Generate More Public Support For Bid

July 01, 2015

The pressure is on for Boston 2024 to generate more public support for its plan to host the Olympics here.

John Hancock Taps Fitness Trackers To Breathe New Life Into Insurance Industry

April 08, 2015
John Hancock Financial is the first U.S. insurer to offer discounts to policyholders who wear Internet-connected fitness trackers, like the ones pictured here. (Richard Drew/AP)

John Hancock Financial is the first U.S. insurer to offer discounts to policyholders who wear Internet-connected fitness trackers. The more exercise you get, the bigger discount you get on your insurance premium, up to 15 percent.

Phoenix Is NBA’s City Of Brotherly Love

February 14, 2015
The Phoenix Suns' roster includes identical twins Marcus and Markieff Morris (l-r), but the team also has another set of brothers: Goran and Zoran Dragic. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

At Sunday night’s NBA All-Star Game, two brothers, Chicago’s Pau Gasol and Memphis’ Marc Gasol, will square off for the opening jump ball. But the most unusual NBA sibling story is happening in Phoenix. OAG’s Doug Tribou and Curt Nickisch report.

After Recovering From Health Scare, Vinovich Will Ref First Super Bowl

January 31, 2015
(Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

In April 2007, NFL referee Bill Vinovich suffered an aortic dissection, a tear inside the wall of the major artery that carries blood out of the heart. He was told he would never officiate another game. Now Vinovich is preparing to work the Super Bowl.

Health Connector Site Handles Last-Minute Signee Load

December 24, 2014

The revamped Health Connector website did not suffer the same outages and delays as last year as thousands of people without insurance signed up for health plans before last night’s midnight deadline.

Health Connector Extends Payment Deadline

December 23, 2014

Residents signing up for health insurance through the state now have until Sunday to make their first payment, but must still enroll before midnight Tuesday to guarantee their coverage begins Jan. 1.

After Recent Failures, USOC Will Bid For 2024 Summer Olympics

December 20, 2014
Could the Olympics be coming back to the U.S. in 2024? The U.S. Olympic Committee thinks there's a good chance. (Elaine Thompson/AP)

The U.S. was unsuccessful in its bids to host the 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics. After choosing not to bid for the 2020 Games, the U.S. Olympic Committee is making a pitch for 2024. Reporter Curt Nickisch explains how four U.S. cities plan to wow the world — on the cheap.

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.

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)

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)

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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