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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.

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Amid Industry Shakeup, Some Daily Fantasy Sports Customers Drop Their Business

October 09, 2015
It's impossible to miss advertising for Boston-based DraftKings at South Station. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

As regulators and lawmakers review the daily fantasy sports businesses DraftKings and FanDuel, some customers feel slighted knowing they were competing against people with inside information.

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.

Facing Questions Of Integrity, Future Is Uncertain For Fantasy Sports

October 06, 2015
DraftKings advertisements at South Station (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

After suspicion of insiders passing information at two leading fantasy sports companies, DraftKings and FanDuel are promising to protect “the integrity of the games.”

After Oregon Shooting, Mass. Congressional Delegation Calls For Tougher Gun Laws

October 02, 2015
Candles spelling UCC -- for Umpqua Community College -- are displayed at a candlelight vigil for those killed during a fatal shooting at the school, Thursday in Roseburg, Oregon. (Rich Pedroncelli/AP)

“There has to be a point where Americans say, ‘Enough is enough,’ ” Sen. Elizabeth Warren said Friday.

DraftKings Is Shooting To Be Boston’s Next Sports (Business) Champion

September 25, 2015
It's impossible to miss advertising for Boston-based DraftKings at South Station. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The young Boston-based company is competing to become the dominant player in the fast-growing field of daily fantasy sports.

New Balance Opens New Headquarters Overlooking Mass Pike

September 17, 2015
New Balance on Thursday opened its new headquarters at Boston Landing in Allston/Brighton. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The private company has been based in Allston/Brighton for more than 35 years and is hoping to begin another long chapter with its so-called “Boston Landing” development.

Meet The Most Advanced — And Most Expensive — Roomba Ever

September 17, 2015
A promotional photo of the Roomba 980 model. (Courtesy iRobot)

Bedford’s iRobot is selling a new model Roomba 980 that maps homes and connects to the cloud.

Patriots Pick Up Where They Left Off — By Winning

September 11, 2015

The Patriots beat the Steelers 28-21 after a pregame ceremony that featured the unveiling of the team’s fourth championship banner.

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.

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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