Wes “Scoop” Nisker is a Buddhist meditation teacher, author and performer. For nearly 40 years Wes has also worked in radio, first as a news anchor at the legendary KSAN in San Francisco, and later as news director at KFOG. During his radio career `Scoop’ has won the Billboard Magazine, Columbia School of Journalism, and San Francisco Media Alliance awards for excellence in FM radio programming. Although his main occupation these days is teaching mindfulness meditation, when the radio muse calls Wes will sometimes respond with a rant or commentary on KPFA called “The Occasional Scoop.”
Wes’s books include a recently released anthology of his writing entitled You Are Not Your Fault (Soft Skull Press), a newly edited version of his national bestseller, Essential Crazy Wisdom (Ten Speed Press), The Big Bang, The Buddha, and the Baby Boom (HarperSanFrancisco), Buddha’s Nature (Bantam), and Crazy Wisdom Saves the World Again! (Stonebridge Press) Wes was also the founder and co-editor of the international Buddhist journal “Inquiring Mind.”
Wes has also studied Buddhist meditation for over three decades with teachers in Asia and America, and for the past 15 years has been leading his own retreats and workshops in Buddhist insight meditation and philosophy at venues internationally. He is a senior teacher at the Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California, and does regular workshops at Esalen Institute and other retrea centers.
For the past year and a half Wes has been performing a comic monologue to critical acclaim in venues around the country, most recently at Berkeley Rep. A DVD of the show is available from his website wesnisker.com under the title “Crazy Wisdom Saves the World Again!”
Wes’s teaching and performance schedule is listed on his website – wesnisker.com