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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

Meet A Bostonian Who’s Made $3 Million This Year Playing Daily Fantasy Sports

November 23, 2015
Saahil Sud stands in his apartment in downtown Boston before getting back to work at his full-time job playing daily fantasy sports. (Curt Nickisch/WBUR)

Saahil Sud quit his computer programming job to play daily fantasy sports for money full time, building an algorithm to help him make predictions. The choice has netted him millions in winnings.

Mass. AG Healey Proposes Regulations For Daily Fantasy Sports

November 19, 2015
DraftKings advertisements in Boston's South Station are seen in September. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Boston-based DraftKings praised the attorney general for her “reasoned” approach.

N.Y. Supreme Court To Hear DraftKings’ Bid To Stay In Business In Empire State

November 17, 2015
DraftKings advertisements in Boston's South Station are seen in September. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

A hearing has been set for Nov. 25 to hear arguments in the legal fight between New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and daily fantasy sports companies DraftKings and FanDuel.

DraftKings Petitioning N.Y. Supreme Court To Throw Out Cease-And-Desist

November 13, 2015
DraftKings employees work at their desks in Boston. (Stephan Savoia/AP)

The daily fantasy sports company is asking the state’s highest court to quickly rule that the attorney general’s order is “an abuse of discretion, and simply wrong.”

Gov. Baker Voices Support For DraftKings Ahead Of NYC Rally

November 12, 2015
DraftKings employees works at their desks at the company's Boston offices. (Stephan Savoia/AP/File)

“I don’t think it’s gambling,” Gov. Charlie Baker said Thursday in his strongest statement on the industry to date.

How Bay State Wind Differs From Cape Wind, And How It Doesn’t

November 10, 2015
DONG Energy installs wind turbine blades in the German North Sea at the Borkum Riffgrund 1 power plant, which opened in October. The Danish company is proposing to build an offshore wind farm south of Martha's Vineyard. (Courtesy of DONG Energy)

A Danish energy company has proposed building an offshore wind farm in federal waters south of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard.

Bittersweet Shopping As City Sports Customers Snap Up Closeout Deals

November 06, 2015
Closeout sales are underway at City Sports on Commonwealth Avenue in Boston on Friday. (Hadley Green/WBUR)

Closeout sales got underway Friday at City Sports. The company, founded in 1983 and known for its matter-of-fact T-shirts, went to liquidation after not finding a buyer.

Fantasy Sports Could Be On Your Next Mass. Lottery Scratch Ticket

November 02, 2015
DraftKings advertisements in Boston's South Station are seen in September. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Amidst shakeup in the daily fantasy sports industry, the Massachusetts Lottery says it wants to get a piece of the action.

Mass. Gaming Commission Considers Regulating DraftKings Like A Casino

October 30, 2015
DraftKings advertisements at South Station (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

State Gaming Commission Chair Steve Crosby said state law does not give his commission the authority to regulate daily fantasy sports companies like DraftKings.

New Malden ‘Questing’ Center Attracts Millennials And Corporate Trainers Alike

October 27, 2015
During a recent team-building session at Boda Borg, Michael Kan reaches for a switch as Mahy Kouedi, left, watches during the Alcatraz quest. Escaping from Alcatraz is one of 16 physical and mental challenges at the Malden gaming center. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The Boda Borg center in Malden features 16 physical and mental challenges. Boda Borg is part of a growing trend of what’s called active gaming or reality gaming.

New York Attorney General Launches Inquiry Into DraftKings, FanDuel

October 07, 2015
DraftKings advertisements at Boston's South Station (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The fantasy sports companies are under scrutiny after a DraftKings employee won $350,000 on FanDuel’s site.

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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