Adam Chandler is a journalist, author, and former bartender based in New York. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, WIRED, Vox, Slate, New York Magazine, Texas Monthly, Esquire, TIME, and elsewhere. Chandler is the author of Drive-Thru Dreams, which is available now from Flatiron Books. His second book, 99% Perspiration, will be published by Pantheon Books in 2024.
Previously, Chandler served as a staff writer at The Atlantic, where he covered business, culture, politics, and foreign affairs, and as a staff writer at Tablet Magazine, where he edited The Scroll, the National Magazine Award-winning news blog. In addition to stints at start-ups, non-profits, and in publishing, Chandler also tended bar for six years at The Brandy Library, Fresh Salt, Lexington Bar & Books, and West 3rd Common. (He has been generously credited with introducing at least two patrons to their future spouses.)
He has appeared across television, radio, and digital platforms including three seasons of The History Channel’s The Food That Built America as well as Modern Marvels, CBS Sunday Morning, Hardball with Chris Matthews, National Geographic’s The ‘80s, BBC’s World News America and Context, and NPR’s Morning Edition, Planet Money, and On Point.
Chandler grew up in Houston, Texas, and is a graduate of George Washington University and the MFA Creative Nonfiction Program at Sarah Lawrence College. He has lectured and presented at panels at Columbia, NYU, Sarah Lawrence College, and George Washington University. At least one of his stories has been mocked during a live New York Mets broadcast.