Margot Adler is the author of Drawing Down the Moon: Witches, Druids, Goddess-Worshippers and Other Pagans in America Today (1986) and Heretic's Heart: A Journey through Spirit and Revolution (1997). She received her B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1968, has a master's degree from Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism, and was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard in 1982. In the early 1970s, Adler hosted three free-form radio shows on Pacifica Radio—Hour of the Wolf, Unstuck in Time, and The Far Side of the Moon. All merged cutting-edge ideas in science, psychology, feminism, ecology, parapsychology, and spirituality.
Granddaughter of reknowned psychiatrist Alfred Adler (1870–1937), Margot Adler is currently the New York Bureau Chief and Correspondent for National Public Radio, where she has been a reporter since 1979. Her pieces air on All Things Considered, Weekend Edition, and Morning Edition. She also hosts a debate show on the U.S. Constitution that takes place before a live audience in Philadelphia. The show, Justice Talking, airs on many public radio stations.
A practicing pagan since 1971, and a priestess of Wicca since 1973, Adler co-led a Gardnerian coven and a New York pagan group for many years. In the 1990s and into the new millennium, she has led ritual workshops around the country, and speaks frequently on earth-based spirituality and other topics related to paganism, Wicca, and Goddess spirituality. Many of her workshops involve ecstatic singing, chanting, and seasonal celebrations.