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.
She has recently reported on Superstorm Sandy and the continuing recovery. She spent much of last year reporting on Occupy Wall Street and the Occupy Movement as a whole. She has also reported on the Newtown tragedy, the controversy over the Islamic cultural center at Ground Zero, and the problems of gay homeless youth. She also reports on culture, from the new Islamic wing at the Metropolitan Museum to the Liz Taylor auction.
Adler is also the author of Heretic's Heart: A Journey through Spirit and Revolution. She is currently working on a book on why vampires have such traction in our culture. She first came to the Conference on World Affairs in the late 1970s.