Many people think there are two different Margot Adlers. One is a 40-year veteran of public broadcasting, who is currently the New York correspondent for NPR, and a frequent voice on All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and Weekend Edition. The other is a chronicler and spokesperson for the contemporary Wiccan and Pagan movements, the author of Drawing Down the Moon: Witches, Druids, Goddess Worshippers, and Other Pagans in America Today, and a Wiccan priestess who gives workshops in ritual and song. Shush! Don't tell anyone. It's the same person!
Adler started in radio in 1968 as a newscaster, reporter, and later the host of three talk shows in the 1970s and 1980s. She pioneered live, free-form talk shows that dealt with spirituality, feminism, ecology, and the interface between politics, religion, and culture. She came to NPR in 1978, and her favorite stories are those that turn the world upside down and make you question everything you thought you knew. Adler hosted Justice Talking, a national radio show about law, the Constitution, and American life.
In covering New York City, she has recently reported on the complex legacy of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and the rise of the new progressive mayor Bill de Blasio. She has reported on Occupy Wall Street, the Newtown tragedy, the recovery from Superstorm Sandy, the plight of gay homeless youth, and issues of transgender and gender fluidity.
Adler is also the author of Hereticís Heart: A Journey Through Spirit and Revolution, and she has just published Vampires Are Us, a book about why vampires have such popularity in our culture. She first came to the Conference on World Affairs in the late 1970s.