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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

With Revised Bid, Boston 2024 Meets With USOC

June 30, 2015
Boston 2024 Chair Steve Pagliuca speaks during the release of the group's "Bid 2.0" at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center on Monday. (Stephan Savoia/AP)

One day after releasing new details on their plan for the Olympics, Boston 2024 leaders are in California Tuesday to update the U.S. Olympic Committee.

With Bid 2.0, New Details At A Critical Juncture For Boston 2024

June 29, 2015
Boston 2024 Chair Steve Pagliuca speaks during the release of the group's "Bid 2.0" at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center on Monday. (Stephan Savoia/AP)

The new plan for hosting the 2024 Summer Olympics is out. Boston 2024 has detailed more of its budget and venue plan.

‘Hard To Imagine': Gay Couple Among 1st Married In Mass. Reflects On How Far Things Have Come

June 26, 2015
Don Picard and Robert DeBenedictis each lunch with their son James on the lawn by Cambridge City Hall. It was here back in 2004 that Picard and DeBenedictis were among the first gay couples granted marriage licenses in Massachusetts. (Curt Nickisch/WBUR)

Don Picard and Robert DeBenedictis were the first gay male couple to be married here.

Boston 2024 Sees Quincy For Beach Volleyball Host

June 17, 2015
A rendering of Boston 2024's proposed beach volleyball venue in Quincy

Beach volleyball events had initially been proposed for Boston Common — one of the most scrutinized of the proposed Olympic venues.

Majority Of Mass. Voters Want Economic Gains To Be Shared Evenly, WBUR Poll Finds

June 15, 2015

The poll found that 57 percent of state voters would prefer to see even gains, even if it means slower growth overall.

Bigger Olympic Footprint, While Supported In Mass., Could Hurt Boston 2024’s Chances With IOC

June 11, 2015
A WBUR poll shows that public support in Massachusetts rises if the games are spread across the commonwealth. But a bigger footprint may hurt Boston’s chances to win the bid on the international stage. (Charles Krupa/AP/File)

Boston 2024 sold the USOC on a compact, walkable Olympics. But Boston 2024 has signaled its revised bid will have a bigger footprint — something a new WBUR poll shows Massachusetts voters support.

WBUR Poll: Meager Mass. Support For Olympics, But Backing Rises For Statewide Games

June 10, 2015
Reporters view a display of possible Olympic venue sites back in January. WBUR's latest poll on hosting the 2024 Summer Games finds support raises substantially under the scenario of Olympic venues spread across the Bay State, rather than clustered around Greater Boston. (Charles Krupa/AP)

Just 39 percent of Massachusetts voters back hosting the games, to 49 percent opposed. But that support rises when statewide venues are considered.

Boston-Area Planning Agency Calls For Olympics Commission

June 09, 2015
A rendering of the proposed Olympic Stadium, which could be located at Widett Circle, or what Boston 2024 is now referring to as "midtown." (Boston 2024)

A new report is calling for a new statewide planning commission to coordinate preparations for hosting the Olympic Games, even if voters eventually reject the 2024 bid.

Nearly 20 Years Later, The Legacy Of Atlanta’s Olympic Venues Is Still Being Written

June 05, 2015
The Olympic Stadium for Atlanta's 1996 Summer Games was converted into a baseball stadium for the Braves once the games left town. But with the team planning to move to a new stadium after the 2016 season, the future of the former Olympic venue is up in the air. (John Bazemore/AP)

What do you do with Olympics venues when the Olympics are over? It’s a key planning question, and Atlanta’s experience with the 1996 Summer Games leaves some lessons for Boston.

New Nonprofit Grocery Store In Dorchester Sells Surplus And Aging Food At A Steep Discount

June 04, 2015
The Daily Table, a new nonprofit grocery store in Dorchester near Codman Square, sells surplus and aging food at a discount. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Is it worth buying groceries at a steep discount if they have a shorter shelf life? A new grocery store in Dorchester is finding out. It opened its doors Thursday with shelves full of surplus and aging food.

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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