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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

Pats Give No Explanation For Deflated Footballs

January 23, 2015
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady faces members of the media at a news conference in Foxborough Thursday. (Elise Amendola/AP)

BOSTON — The New England Patriots said Thursday they have no explanation for how footballs used in the AFC Championship to reach the Super Bowl were underinflated.

With Details Of Olympics Plan Released, Boston 2024 Promises Greater Transparency

January 22, 2015
A view of the proposed Olympic stadium in Boston. (Boston 2024)

BOSTON — Advocates of the Boston Olympics bid introduced a proposal for housing Olympic Stadium, suggesting that if the 2024 Summer Games are held in Boston, their plans aim to create the ‘most walkable’ Olympics in modern history.

Boston Mayor Walsh ‘Will Not Stand In The Way’ Of Olympics Referendum

January 20, 2015
A conceptual drawing from the Boston 2024 Summer Olympics bid to the USOC. (Boston 2024)

BOSTON — Clarifying his stance, the Boston mayor said he still does not support a public vote over whether to host the 2024 Games but supports the right of the public to pursue one.

Why Boston Traffic Could Get Better During The Olympics

January 20, 2015
Fears of traffic congestion paralyzing the 1984 Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles went unrealized. (Craig Mathew/AP)

BOSTON — Many are concerned the weeks-long global mega sporting event would compound Boston’s already congested roads. But history says those concerns might be misplaced.

Boston Olympics Concerns Aired At Opposition Meeting

January 15, 2015
Monica Bowen, of Boston, center, asks a question during a public meeting Wednesday night held to discuss plans to keep the 2024 Summer Olympics from coming to the city. (Steven Senne/AP)

BOSTON — About 150 people attended the first public meeting of the group No Boston Olympics Wednesday to drum up support in the group’s effort to thwart plans to make Boston the host city for the 2024 Summer Olympic Games.

A Look Back At The Market Basket Feud, 2014’s Biggest Business Story

December 24, 2014
Market Basket workers protest in Tewksbury last month. Workers, are relieved that beloved former CEO Artie T. Demoulas is back in control of the grocery chain after Wednesday's late night deal. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

BOSTON — WBUR reporter Curt Nickisch discusses the biggest business story of 2014: the Market Basket feud.

Health Connector Site Handles Last-Minute Signee Load

December 24, 2014

BOSTON — 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

BOSTON — 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.

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.

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)

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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