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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 American Revolution Begins: Thousands Watch Patriots’ Day Reenactment

April 20, 2015
British regulars kill eight colonials in Lexington -- during a reenactment Monday morning. (Curt Nickisch/WBUR)

Thousands gathered in Lexington Monday morning to watch reenactors commemorate the opening battles of the American Revolution.

Boston Police Use Marathon Security To Expand Video Surveillance Network

April 17, 2015
People pass by several surveillance cameras installed at the corner of Boylston and Hereford streets, near the Boston Marathon finish line. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Video footage helped identify the Boston Marathon bombers two years ago. But some worry police are using marathon security to increase surveillance in the city.

WBUR Poll: Olympics Support Ticks Up, Halting Slide

April 16, 2015
John Fish, left, chairman of Boston 2024, answers a councilor's question during the first meeting of the Boston City Council on the city's bid to be awarded the 2024 Summer Olympics, on March 6. Boston 2024's CEO Richard Davey, center, and chief architect David Manfredi look on. (Stephan Savoia/AP)

Forty percent of registered voters in the Boston area support hosting the Olympics in 2024. That number is up from 36 percent support in March.

Fans Celebrate Spring And A Red Sox Win On Opening Day At Fenway Park

April 14, 2015

It’s been a long time coming: they are playing baseball again at Fenway Park. The Red Sox beat the Washington Nationals 9-4 in the home opener Monday.

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.

With Typewriters And Rotary Phones, Tech Firm Goes Analog For April Fools’

April 01, 2015
When they arrived at work in Kendall Square Wednesday -- April Fools' Day -- Endeavour Partners staff members found, um, new technology waiting for them. (Courtesy of Endeavour Partners)

Workers arrived on the 14th floor of Endeavour Partners’ Kendall Square office building Wednesday morning only to find rotary phones and manual typewriters where their computers used to be.

Keolis Tells Lawmakers About This Winter’s Commuter Rail Service Issues

April 01, 2015
A northbound MBTA commuter rail train leaves Lynn station in late February. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Keolis’ Deputy General Manager Franck Dubourdieu told lawmakers that during a typical winter, about 20 commuter rail trains’ motors will be replaced. This winter, the company lost 67 motors.

MBTA Lays Out Plan For Future Snow Service

March 31, 2015
The MBTA is laying out a plan to avid a total shutdown of service next winter. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Next winter, instead of trying to keep everything running only to shut everything down, the MBTA will follow limited schedules during snow emergencies.

Support For Boston Olympics Falls Further, WBUR Poll Finds

March 19, 2015
John Fish, chair of Boston 2024, heads back to his seat after addressing a public forum last month about Boston's 2024 Olympics bid. (Charles Krupa/AP)

Just 36 percent of Boston area voters now support the idea, down from 44 percent in February and 51 percent in January.

Mass. Housing Market Springs Out Of Hibernation

March 19, 2015
Huge banks of snow hindered many potential homebuyers from getting to know neighborhoods and finding parking spaces around homes for sale. In this photo taken last month, icicles hang from homes buried in snow along Itasca Street in Mattapan. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Record snowfall last month not only covered roofs and yards, it also froze the preparations of people trying to get their homes ready for the spring housing market.

Framingham Startup Uses Artificial Intelligence To Find Cancer Drugs

March 17, 2015
A researcher at work at Berg Health's laboratory in Framingham. (Courtesy of Berg Health)

BPM 31510 may be the first drug candidate that came from artificial intelligence.

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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