Wes Nisker

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Wes ("Scoop") Nisker (born 1942) is an author, radio commentator, comedian, and Buddhist meditation instructor.[1] Nisker is a longtime fixture on San Francisco radio station KFOG. He has become well known for the catchphrase, "If you don't like the news ... go out and make some of your own," which he used as the title for a 1994 book.[2] His radio features could be unconventional, like this traffic report: "People are driving to work to earn the money to pay for the cars they're driving to work in. Back to you." He and his books have been covered in various publications of record.[3][4][5] He is the founder and co-editor of the international Theravada Buddhist journal “Inquiring Mind."[6] He is one of the regular teachers at the Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Marin County, California.[6]



  1. Garfinkel, Perry (2 September 2003). "Joke's Not Funny? Blame It on Buddha". The New York Times. Retrieved 13 February 2009. 
  2. Berger, Kevin (7 February 1995). "A liberal Scoop of wit and sanity: KFOG newscaster sounds more radical than ever". The San Francisco Examiner. Retrieved 13 February 2009. 
  3. Heilig, Steve (13 April 2003). "Q & A: Wes "Scoop" Nisker: Keeping the faith in more ways than one". The San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 13 February 2009. 
  4. Gach, Gary (6 December 1998). "What Would the Buddha Say to Darwin?". The San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 13 February 2009. 
  5. Spayde, Jon (May–June 2002). "Road-Testing Crazy Wisdom: Learn how to harness own crazy wisdom". The Utne Reader. Retrieved 13 February 2009. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 Spirit Rock Teachers: Wes Nisker