WBUR Staff

Curt Nickisch

Former Staff
Business & Technology Reporter, WBUR
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At MIT, U.K. Intelligence Agency Boss Says He Wants Better Relationship With U.S. Tech Firms

March 08, 2016

The head of one of Great Britain’s security agencies is asking tech industry leaders in Greater Boston for help crafting a new relationship with intelligence operatives.

Surge In Private Training Programs Aims To Bridge Skills Gap In Boston’s Tech Economy

February 29, 2016
Startup Institute's job training boot camp costs more than $7,000. It provides participants with networking opportunities and career coaching. This training was held in New York. (Courtesy Startup Institute)

“There’s a huge talent gap in the innovation economy in Boston,” said Diane Hessan, CEO of Startup Institute, a company that runs eight-week job training programs.

A Colorado Startup Resurrects Waltham Pocket Watches

February 22, 2016
A Waltham-made timepiece in one of Vortic Watch Company's watches. (Curt Nickisch/WBUR)

For decades, Waltham manufactured millions of mechanical pocket watches at a sprawling brick factory on the Charles River. They went out of fashion, but now a pair of young entrepreneurs are resurrecting these vintage pieces for their custom, made-in-America wristwatches.

Man Fatally Shot By Police In Dorchester

February 12, 2016

Boston police officers shot and killed a man they say was armed in Dorchester Friday. Police say the incident came after officers responded to a shooting in the area that left two other people injured.

Immigrant Businessman Already Excitedly Awaits The Next New Hampshire Primary

February 10, 2016
Now a Republican presidential candidate, Marco Rubio, right, talks with Vahrij Manoukian, owner of Hollis Pharmacy & General Store, following a stop where Rubio spoke to area residents on Feb. 23, 2015. (Jim Cole/AP)

Pharmacist Vahrij Manoukian owns a store in Hollis that’s become an unlikely fixture on the campaign trail for most Republican presidential hopefuls.

The Disappearing Desk Phone Is Turning This Cambridge Company Into A Unicorn

February 09, 2016
The CEO of Fuze, formerly ThinkingPhones, Steve Kokinos, stands in the company's offices that are rapidly getting too small, thanks to the company's sudden growth. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The company, now called Fuze, announced it raised $112 million in a new investment round. It’s booming by helping companies move beyond the old office phone.

GOP Candidates Target Rubio After His Strong Finish In Iowa

February 03, 2016
Sen. Marco Rubio speaks during a campaign event, Tuesday in Exeter, New Hampshire. (Steven Senne/AP)

At a campaign rally in New Hampshire Tuesday night, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio tried to convince voters that his strong third place showing in the Iowa caucuses means he carries the mantel of the Republican establishment.

Patriots’ Super Bowl Hopes Dashed By AFC Championship Loss To Denver Broncos

January 25, 2016

The New England Patriots’ run to repeat as Super Bowl champions is over. They lost to the Broncos 20-18 in Denver on Sunday in a hard-fought defensive battle.

Patriots, Broncos Fans Gear Up For What ‘Should Be A Hard-Fought’ AFC Title Game

January 24, 2016

Many fans are excited to see Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning face each other once again — and for what could be the last time.

DraftKings Implements Some Consumer Protections Proposed By Mass. AG

January 22, 2016
DraftKings employees works at their desks at the company's Boston offices. (Stephan Savoia/AP/File)

The Boston-based daily fantasy sports company DraftKings has started implementing changes in response to pending regulations from the Massachusetts attorney general.

Mass. Wants To Be Home To Nation’s Leading Cluster Of Digital Health Companies

January 07, 2016

Massachusetts government leaders and the state’s health care and technology sectors have announced a new partnership. The goal is to make the Bay State home to the nation’s leading cluster of digital health companies.

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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