His writing and reporting have earned him many accolades. He was a 1993 finalist for a National Magazine Award in the “Special Interests” category for his cover story on mountain climbing and other extreme sports. In “Every Parent’s Nightmare,” Adler told of his personal experience as the father of a child with a birth defect; that 1987 story won the Sidney Hillman Award and was a finalist for the National Magazine Award in feature writing. Other awards include a 1988 New York Bar Association First Prize, for a cover story on the Constitution, and a second-place 1987 National Headliner Award for his cover story on the shuttle disaster.
Adler is the author of two books: The Price of Terror: Lessons of Lockerbie for a World on the Brink, co-written with Allan Gerson; and High Rise: How 1,000 Men and Women Worked Around the Clock for Five Years and Lost $200 Million Building a Skyscraper.
Adler began his journalism career as a reporter for The Journal of Commerce in 1970. From 1972 to 1979 he worked at the New York Daily News. He received his B.A. in American history from Yale University in 1970. A native of Brooklyn, he resides there with his wife and two sons.