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Curt Nickisch

Business & Technology Reporter, WBUR

Could there be a better place to cover technology and business?

Today’s technology is tomorrow’s commerce, and Curt Nickisch feels privileged to cover the field in a city that’s shaping the world’s future and profiting from the growing knowledge economy.

As WBUR’s Business & Technology Reporter, Curt (@CurtNickisch) tells Boston’s best tech, economy, and financial stories, making them intriguing and informative for savvy insiders and business neophytes alike.

Some recent work includes covering Boston’s Olympics bid, daily fantasy sports, the Market Basket labor saga, the hidden dangers of the commercial fishing industry, and clean energy technologies becoming commodities. Curt has covered these and other stories for WBUR’s newsroom and its national shows Here & Now, On Point, and Only A Game.

During 2013-2014, Curt studied the technological disruption of middle-class jobs at the University of Michigan on the Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellowship.

Curt has earned a Master of Business Administration from Boston University Questrom School of Business. 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 awards.

Recent stories

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.

Pats Will Head To AFC Championship Game After Defeating Chiefs 27-20

January 17, 2016

The New England Patriots are going to their 5th-straight AFC championship game. They beat the Kansas City Chiefs, 27-20, in the divisional playoff game in Foxborough.

General Electric Leaves The Suburbs For The City, Reversing An Old Trend

January 15, 2016
General Electric is abandoning its sprawling Fairfield, Connecticut, campus, for Boston’s waterfront. The move is part of a larger business trend of leaving the suburbs for the city. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Today’s knowledge workers want bike racks and subway stops, not country clubs and parking garages. GE’s move to Boston shows where the company thinks the future will be made.

Boston Startups Hope To Learn Scale, Longevity Lessons From GE

January 15, 2016
No specific site has been announced for GE's Boston headquarters, but the vacant lot across from the Boston Convention Center in the Seaport District of South Boston is a potential location. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

GE may not be the largest company, but for a company founded in 1889 to still be on top of the commercial world is a rare business accomplishment.

Boston Tech Sector Feels Vindicated By GE Corporate HQ Move

January 14, 2016
GE says the new office will be located in the Seaport District and employ about 800 people, with an emphasis on innovation.(Thibault Camus/AP/File)

In some ways, General Electric mirrors Massachusetts’ transition from blue-collar manufacturing to the knowledge economy.

Daily Fantasy Sports Companies And Opponents Square Off At Hearing On Regulations

January 12, 2016

A lawyer for Boston-based DraftKings says some of Attorney General Maura Healey’s proposed regulations go too far without offering additional consumer protections.

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.

Boston Globe Delivery Backpedaling Could Spell Return To Problematic Service

January 07, 2016
A security guard walks past the entrance of  the Boston Globe building in Dorchester on July 20, 2009. (Charles Krupa/AP)

Globe CEO Mike Sheehan says the reason the paper switched distributors in the first place was because of customer complaints about service.

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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