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

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


Early life

Though born in Little Rock, Arkansas, Adler grew up mostly in New York City. Her grandfather, Alfred Adler, is considered the father 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

Adler first worked for WBAI, FM 99.5, the Pacifica Radio outlet in New York City. She created the talk shows Hour of the Wolf in 1972 (still on the air as hosted by Jim Freund) and later 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 is the author of Drawing Down the Moon: Witches, Druids, Goddess-Worshippers, and Other Pagans in America Today[4], 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]


In 1990, she gave birth to her only son, Alex Gliedman-Adler, who attends Bard College.


  • 1979 - Drawing Down the Moon: Witches, Druids, Goddess-Worshippers, and Other Pagans in America Today.[4] ISBN 0-14-019536-X
  • 1997 - Heretic's Heart: A Journey Through Spirit and Revolution (Beacon Press) ISBN 0-8070-7098-X
  • 2000 - Our Way to the Stars by Margot Adler & John Gliedman - Motorbooks Intl, ISBN 0760307539, ISBN 9780760307533

Contributed to

  • 1989 - Healing the Wounds: The Promise of Ecofeminism - Judith Plant (editor) (New Society Pub) ISBN 0-86571-152-6
  • 1994 - Return Of The Great Goddess by Burleigh Muten (Shambhala) ISBN 1-57062-034-2
  • 1995 - People of the Earth: The New Pagans Speak Out by Ellen Evert Hopman, Lawrence Bond (Inner Traditions) ISBN 0-89281-559-0
  • 1995 - The Emerging Network by Michael York (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.) ISBN 0847680010, ISBN 978-0847680016
  • 2001 - Modern Pagans: an Investigation of Contemporary Ritual (Re/Search) ISBN 1-889307-10-6
  • 2002 - The Free Speech Movement: Reflections on Berkeley in the 1960s - Edited by Robert Cohen and Reginald E. Zelnik (University of California Press) ISBN 978-0-520-23354-6
  • 2003 - Sisterhood Is Forever: the Women's Anthology for a New Millennium - edited by Robin Morgan (Washington Square Press) ISBN 0-7434-6627-6
  • 2005 - Cakes and Ale for the Pagan Soul: Spells, Recipes, and Reflections from Neopagan Elders and Teachers - Patricia Telesco (Celestial Arts) ISBN 978-1-58091-164-1


  • 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



  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 2008-11-26.  
  2. ^ a b NPR Website
  3. ^ a b "Margot Adler NPR". Retrieved 2008-05-16.  
  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

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