Margot Adler was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, USA but did most of her growing up in New York City.
She is probably best known for her work as a journalist and correspondent for National Public Radio. She joined NPR in 1979 as a general assignment reporter, 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 Ecstacy, geek culture, children and technology, and Pokemon. 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 is presently the host of Justice Talking, and she is a regular voice on Morning Edition and All Things Considered.
Adler wrote Drawing Down the Moon: Witches, Druids, Goddess-Worshippers, and Other Pagans in America Today, which was published by Viking Press in 1979, and was re-released in an updated edition in 1997 through Penguin Press. The book is considered a watershed in American NeoPagan circles, as it provided the first decent and comprehensive look at the nature-based religions in the US, and became what was for many the first point of contact with the larger subculture.
Adler is a Wiccan Priestess in Gardnerian Wicca in the Protean line.