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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

Judge Rules In Favor Of Tom Brady In ‘Deflategate’ Legal Case

September 04, 2015

A judge ruled Thursday that the NFL failed to treat Tom Brady fairly during its review of allegations that he played a role in deflating footballs used in a playoff game last season.

Judge Throws Out Brady’s 4-Game ‘Deflategate’ Suspension

September 03, 2015

The reigning Super Bowl MVP gets to play after all.

Brady, Goodell Await Judge’s Ruling In ‘DeflateGate’ Case

September 01, 2015

A judge could issue a ruling on Brady’s challenge to the NFL’s suspension as early as Tuesday.

Market Basket Is Back To ‘Business As Usual,’ But With New Bills To Pay

August 28, 2015
It's been a year since the grocer standoff ended. In this Aug. 28, 2014, photo, employees Cristhian Romero, second from right, and Tracie Parker embrace near a likeness of CEO Arthur T. Demoulas at a Market Basket in Chelsea. (Steven Senne/AP)

One year ago today, Market Basket workers returned to their jobs after forcing the sale of the local supermarket chain to ousted CEO Arthur T. Demoulas. The company is once again thriving, but it also has new bills to pay.

Simmons College Closing Nation’s Only All-Women’s Campus MBA Program

August 27, 2015
The Main College Building on Simmons campus. (Hadley Green for WBUR).

Dean Cathy Minehan said Simmons is not big enough to compete in Boston as a brick-and-mortar business school. Simmons will offer an online MBA, for women and men, through an outside company.

Small Investors Try To Stomach Big Roller Coaster Stock Market

August 26, 2015
A specialist working on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange watches U.S. stocks Tuesday. (Richard Drew/AP)

As stocks continue their tumble, people in Boston said they were having a hard time keeping their eyes off the slide. Some even said they felt anxious and sick about it, worried their retirement investments might suffer dramatically.

‘DeflateGate’ Judge Seems Interested In Arguments By Brady’s Lawyers

August 20, 2015

At a hearing Wednesday, the judge in the case appeared interested in the fairness arguments by Brady’s lawyers, but the judge also continued to push for a settlement.

Boston’s Olympic Dream May Be Dead Now, But Debate Over Old Plans Is Quite Lively

August 19, 2015
As opponents of the bid feel validated by The Brattle Group's findings, members of the group Boston 2024 are challenging its accuracy. Meanwhile, Gov. Baker is trying to focus on the plan's salvage value, saying the area around Widett Circle, where the Olympic Stadium was to be, should still be developed. (Boston 2024)

Even though the fight to bring the Olympics to Boston in 2024 is over, the Olympic organizing group is taking issue with conclusions drawn by state-hired consultants who evaluated Boston 2024’s proposal.

Sales Tax-Free Weekend Lures Shoppers From Beaches

August 17, 2015

Retailers across Massachusetts are reporting a good number of extra rings at the cash register over the sales tax holiday last weekend.

No Resolution From Court Yet In ‘DeflateGate’ Battle Between Brady, Goodell

August 13, 2015

The judge, who ordered Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to spend the day in the court, continued pressuring both sides to reach a settlement.

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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