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Nicholas Stein

Mindfulness teacher and award-winning producer of the hit series Border Wars

Nicholas Stein

Mindfulness teacher and award-winning producer of the hit series Border Wars


Nicholas Stein is an award-winning television producer. Over the past 40 years, he has produced non-fiction television programming for all of the major broadcast and cable networks including National Geographic, Animal Planet, Discovery, History, A&E, PBS, and Smithsonian, as well as ABC, NBC, CBS, and FOX.

As the series producer of the National Geographic Channel hit Border Wars, Nick and his crews gained unparalleled access to contested areas of the US-Mexican border, producing 56 episodes over four years by embedding themselves in the operational units of Customs and Border Protection (CBP), ICE, DEA, and the US Coast Guard.

Though the ratings were high, Stein’s long-term exposure to the cruelties of the cartel operatives, the suffering of countless immigrants, and the plight of overburdened border agents, left him traumatized and fatigued. He began practicing Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) for emotional and cognitive relief. Soon after, he was accepted into the Intensive Practice Program at UCLA’s Mindfulness Awareness Research Center (MARC) and began going on silent retreats.

Nick received his Certification of Mindfulness Facilitation from the Engaged Mindfulness Institute (EMI) in June 2016. Because of his work at the border, he has dedicated himself to introducing the concepts and techniques behind mindfulness—to foster greater resiliency—to the men and women of law enforcement. He has brought this knowledge to New Mexico, Texas, and Washington, DC, running workshops for US Border Patrol agents as well as CBP’s field operations officers at the federal level. He has also worked with multiple police departments in the SF East Bay Area. Stein currently lives in Studio City, California with his wife, Susan McGuire.

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