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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

Mass. Businesses Increasingly Help Workers Manage Winter Commutes

February 19, 2015
Two businessmen share an umbrella while walking down Dartmouth Street in Copley Square during a snowstorm on Feb. 5. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

As workers struggle to get in the office door following a series of severe snowstorms that crippled the city’s public transit system, some employers are trying to help take the strain off employees’ commutes.

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.

Winter Weather Socks Mass. Retailers, But Some See Dollar Signs In Snowflakes

February 11, 2015
Will Chapman, of Oakland, Calif., digs out his car from between snow piles near the house he was visiting in Somerville, Mass., Tuesday. The latest snowstorm left the Boston area with another two feet of snow, and while many businesses closed for the weather, stores selling winter equipment are staying open for a steady influx of customers. (Josh Reynolds/AP)

The heavy winter weather is putting a chill on retailers. With people snowed in instead of going out, stores are losing $10 million per day – according to an estimate from the Retailers Association of Massachusetts.

London Mayor Bullish On Boston Olympics

February 10, 2015
London Mayor Boris Johnson speaks at the British Consulate in Cambridge on Monday. (Josh Reynolds/AP)

“What you’ve got to do is show how the Games will be somehow transformative for your city and for life in your city,” London Mayor Boris Johnson said.

Citizens Voice Olympics Concerns, Hopes At First Boston-Run Hearing

February 06, 2015
A supporter of the Boston Olympics bid gives a thumbs up in front of a group opposed to the bid, during the first public forum regarding the city's 2024 Olympics bid, on Thursday. (Charles Krupa/AP)

Around 350 Boston residents turned out Thursday night for the first city-run hearing on hosting the Olympics, where many were able to speak out about their concerns to Mayor Marty Walsh.

Patriots Fans Stranded In Arizona Due To Storm

February 03, 2015

Cancelled flights due to the winter storm in Boston have left many Pats fans stuck in Arizona.

Hefty Ticket Prices Force Fans To Make Last-Minute Plans

February 02, 2015

Many fans who made the trip to Arizona hoping ticket prices would fall at the last minute ended up having to make last-minute plans to watch the game.

Seattle Seahawks Reminiscent Of Beloved Boston Teams

February 01, 2015
Pedestrians walk past a mural of an Arizona landscape as a banner of the Vince Lombardi Super Bowl Trophy decorates a building in Phoenix. The New England Patriots face the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX today, in Glendale, Ariz. (David Goldman/AP)

The Seattle Seahawks are a team Boston fans could love. They’ve got the same ethic of unheralded champions as the Patriots and the same irreverent free spirit of the 2004 Red Sox.

At Super Bowl, Seahawks Quietly Writing History With African-American Quarterbacks

January 31, 2015
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson runs drills with his team on Friday before Sunday's Super Bowl. (Matt York/AP)

Twenty-seven years after Washington quarterback Doug Williams made history as the first African-American quarterback to play in a Super Bowl, the Seattle Seahawks are continuing to make history by playing in the title game for the second year in a row without a white quarterback on the roster.

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.

Super Bowl Ticket Prices Are Triple What They Were Last Year

January 29, 2015
Chicago Bears kicker Jay Feely hands over Super Bowl XLIX tickets to Kyle Porter after winning the #SB49 Scavenger Hunt on Wednesday in Phoenix. (Jeff Lewis/AP)

It’s not too late to get a ticket to Sunday’s Super Bowl match-up between the Patriots and the Seahawks. But, if you want to go, it’s going to cost you. Ticket prices for the Big Game are skyrocketing, and not everyone’s sure why.

Patriots Hold First Practice In Arizona Ahead Of Super Bowl

January 28, 2015

The New England Patriots held their first practice in Arizona Wednesday ahead of the Super Bowl on Sunday. And they’re dealing with a little bit of a setback for their star player, quarterback Tom Brady.

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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