Margot Adler

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Margot Adler
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Margot Adler in 2004
Born April 16, 1946 (1946-04-16)
Little Rock, Arkansas
Occupation Author; Journalist; Lecturer; Wiccan Priestess[1]

Margot Adler (born April 16, 1946) is an American author, journalist, lecturer, Wiccan priestess[1] and radio journalist and New York correspondent for National Public Radio (NPR).[2]

Early life[edit]

Born in Little Rock, Arkansas, Adler grew up mostly in New York City. Her grandfather, Alfred Adler, was a noted Austrian Jewish psychotherapist, collaborator with Sigmund Freud and the founder of the school of individual psychology.


Adler received a bachelor of arts in political science from the University of California, Berkeley and a master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York in 1970. She was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University in 1982.[3]

Journalism and radio[edit]

During the mid-1960s, Adler worked as a volunteer reporter for KPFA-FM, the Pacifica Radio station in Berkeley, California. After returning to New York City, she worked at its sister station, WBAI-FM, where, in 1972, she created the talk show Hour of the Wolf (still on the air as hosted by Jim Freund), and later another talk show, called Unstuck in Time.

Adler joined NPR in 1979 as a general assignment reporter, after spending a year as an NPR freelance reporter covering New York City, and has since worked on a great many pieces dealing with subjects as diverse as the death penalty, the right to die movement, the response to the war in Kosovo, computer gaming, the drug ecstasy, geek culture, children and technology, and Pokémon. Since 9/11, she has focused much of her work on stories exploring the human factors in New York City, from the loss of loved ones, homes and jobs, to work in the relief effort. She was the host of Justice Talking up until the show ceased production on July 3, 2008. She is a regular voice on Morning Edition and All Things Considered.[3] She is also co-producer of an award-winning radio drama, War Day.[2]


Adler authored Drawing Down the Moon,[4] a 1979 book about Neopaganism which was revised in 2006.[5] The book is considered a watershed in American Neopagan circles, as it provided the first comprehensive look at modern nature-based religions in the US. For many years it was the only introductory work about the American Neopagan communities. Her second book, Heretic's Heart: A Journey Through Spirit and Revolution, was published by Beacon Press in 1997. Adler is a Wiccan priestess in the Gardnerian tradition, an elder in the Covenant of the Goddess,[1] and she also participates in the Unitarian Universalist faith community.[1]


Contributed to[edit]


  • 1986 – From Witch to Witch-Doctor: Healers, Therapists and Shamans ACE – Lecture on cassette
  • 1986 – The Magickal Movement: Present and Future (with Isaac Bonewits, Selena Fox, and Robert Anton Wilson) ACE – Panel discussion on cassette


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Adler, Margot (November–December 1996). "Vibrant, Juicy, Contemporary: or, Why I Am a UU Pagan". UU World (Unitarian Universalist Association) 10 (4). Retrieved November 26, 2008. 
  2. ^ a b NPR Website
  3. ^ a b "Margot Adler NPR". Retrieved May 16, 2008. 
  4. ^ a b Viking Press 1979; revised ed. Beacon Press 1987, and Penguin Books 1997
  5. ^ Drawing Down the Moon Spotlight in The Wiccan Pagan Times


  • Vale, V. and John Sulak (2001). Modern Pagans. San Francisco: Re/Search Publications. ISBN 1-889307-10-6