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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

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.

Boston Close To Deal With Mohegan Sun

July 09, 2014

BOSTON — The deal would pay the city more than $18 million annually if a casino is built in neighboring Revere.

Industry Figures Show A Strong Boston Hotel Market

July 08, 2014

BOSTON — The average price for a downtown Boston, Back Bay or Cambridge hotel room in May was $267 — the highest since 2006.

Do Noncompetes Make Mass. Noncompetitive?

July 07, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts lawmakers are considering banning or restricting noncompete agreements, pitting established companies against the state’s startup sector.

Harvard Researchers: Millennials Key To Housing Recovery

June 26, 2014

BOSTON — Many in the generation currently entering the workforce are still living at home with their parents, instead of buying one.

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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