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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

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.

USOC Announces It Will Bid For 2024 Summer Games

December 17, 2014
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh (standing in center) leads the Boston 2024 bid presentation Tuesday. Facing, the camera, from left, John Fish, Cheri Blauwet, David Manfredi, Keith Motley. (Courtesy USOC)

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — But after hearing pitches from Boston, Washington, D.C., San Francisco and Los Angeles, the panel stopped short of choosing one of the four cities.

U.S. Olympic Committee To Hear Boston 2024 Bid

December 16, 2014

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — On Tuesday, Mayor Marty Walsh and four other Bostonians are scheduled make their case to the United States Olympic Committee for Boston to host the 2024 Summer Games.

Harvard, MIT, MGH, Globe Create Ambitious ‘HUBweek’ Event

December 12, 2014
At the HUBweek announcement, from left to right: Peter Slavin, president, Mass General Hospital; Rafael Reif, resident, MIT; Drew Gilpin Faust, president, Harvard University; John Henry, owner, Boston Globe; Linda Pizzuti Henry, HUBweek chairwoman (Curt Nickisch/WBUR)

BOSTON — Four major Greater Boston institutions partner to create a signature city event on innovation and revolutionary ideas.

Lexington Drug Co. Cubist Bought By Merck

December 08, 2014

BOSTON — The drug giant Merck is buying Cubist Pharmaceuticals in Lexington for $9.5 billion.

Revolution's Charlie Davies Revels In Life’s 2nd Chances At MLS Cup

December 05, 2014
Charlie Davies takes a shot at Gillette Stadium in a game against the Chicago Fire, Sept. 7, 2014. (Gretchen Ertl/Revolution Communications)

BOSTON — New Hampshire native Charlie Davies scored the playoff goals that put New England through to the MLS Cup – capping an excruciating journey from a devastating car accident in 2009 back to the top of his game.

Boston City Council Moves To Regulate Ride-Sharing Services

December 02, 2014
In this Jan. 4, 2013 file photo, Lyft passenger Christina Shatzen gets into a car driven by Nancy Tcheou, in San Francisco. Boston is considering restrictions on ride-sharing services like Uber, Lyft and Sidecar and lodging websites like Airbnb, HomeAway and FlipKey, which allow users to book short-term stays in private residences. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

BOSTON — The Boston City Council appears to be moving toward some type of regulation for ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft.

At Harvard, Technology Resurrects Long-Silent Voices Of Poets

November 28, 2014
Harvard's Woodberry Poetry Room is home to thousands of archived recordings from some of the most important English language-poets of the age -- T.S. Eliot, Sylvia Plath, Robert Frost. (Julie Martin/NEDCC)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — The Woodberry Poetry Room at Harvard University is using new technology to bring back old sound recordings of poets from the 20th century.

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.

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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