About Us

FN is the ultimate destination for industry insiders and shoe lovers alike. From power players to style stars, FN draws on seventy years of history to offer a feet first look at what’s new and what’s next in shoes. The site is your first-stop for shoe news globally. Breaking the latest stories, offering expert analysis and on-trend seasonal coverage, FN is connecting readers to the topics that matter most. Led by an informed team of journalists, the site filters the way we look at footwear. With an eye for what’s next, the newsroom sets the tone feet first.


Michael Atmore

Chief Brand Officer, Fairchild Media; Editorial Director, Footwear News

Michael Atmore is the Chief Brand Officer of Fairchild Media, driving content and branding across all Fairchild properties, including WWD, Footwear News, Beauty, Inc., Sourcing Journal, and Fairchild Live. He also oversees both FN and Footwearnews.com, which offer extensive coverage of footwear-industry trends, fashion designers, business executives and retailers, as well as reports and reviews of the major runway shows. Under his direction, FN hosts two industry events: the annual FN Achievement Awards, and the FN CEO Summit, a biennial executive conference that draws a diverse cross-section of top-level executives and industry professionals. Prior to joining Fairchild in 1997, Michael was founding Editorial Director and Publisher of Footwear Plus. He has an extensive background in retail, having served as Editorial Director for a group of retail-based publications at International Thomson. He has also held top editorial positions at U.S. Business Press and Harcourt Brace.

Katie Abel

Katie Abel

Executive Editor

Executive editor Katie Abel oversees content, directs daily operations and manages the staff. She also heads up FN's annual Women in Power Issues and related events, and writes cover stories on the biggest names in fashion and footwear.

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Charlie Carballo

Executive Digital Director

Digital director Charlie Carballo is responsible for content and operations on FootwearNews.com. As FN's only Los Angeles-based editor, he covers events, retailers and brands on the West Coast.

Jennie Bell

Jennie Bell

Deputy Managing Editor

Jennie Bell oversees editorial planning and production for the print magazine, as well as the FN Daily digital newsletter and other special projects. Additionally, she continues to keep her finger on the pulse of multiple markets, including comfort, kids’ and men’s.

Shannon Adducci

Style Director

Shannon Adducci oversees fashion coverage for FN. She cultivates relationship with designers, oversees fashion shoots and travels to major fashion weeks globally. She previously held roles at Billboard and Departures in fashion and style.

Peter Verry

Senior News and Features Editor, Athletic and Outdoor

Peter Verry has immersed himself in the footwear industry’s largest and most influential markets for more than five years. Since March 2015, he has covered the companies, executives, celebrities and products that have defined the categories.

Nikara Johns

Senior Editor

Nikara Johns works with top designers, brands and celebrities within the market. In addition to contributing to print and digital, she leads event coverage for FN’s SPY vertical, handling red carpet events with on-camera reporting, from the Met Gala to the CFDA Awards.

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Shoshy Ciment

Business Editor

Shoshy Ciment is a Business Editor at Footwear News. She previously worked as the footwear reporter at Business Insider, where she covered athleticwear, sneakers, and streetwear with a focus on companies like Nike, Adidas, and StockX. She is a proud graduate of Yeshiva University.

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Stephen Garner

News Editor

As news editor, Stephen Garner brings the latest retail, business, and fashion stories to FN. Through his most recent role at menswear trade magazine, MR, Stephen adds men’s market coverage to the fold. He’s also previously held positions at DLS buying office, WGSN and WWD.

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Ashley Rushford

Digital Editor

Ashley Rushford covers a variety of topics for FN's digital site and social media including, celebrity style, pop culture, red carpet events, award shows, collaborations, and trending stories. Throughout her career, she has worked at publications like ESSENCE, Black Enterprise Magazine and Enstars. She has also supported Harlem's Fashion Row, which is one of the most influential agencies and organizations in fashion and entertainment. Ashley has a bachelor's degree in Journalism and Media Studies from Rutgers University.

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Aaron Royce

Assistant Digital Editor

Aaron Royce covers a range of topics for Footwear News' digital site and social media, including celebrity style, collaborations, campaigns and more. During his career, he has worked at publications including Grazia USA, The Daily Front Row and Paper. He has a bachelor's degree in Mass Communications from Virginia Commonwealth University.

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Amina Ayoud

Assistant Digital Editor

Amina Alice Ayoud is an Assistant Digital Editor for FN who has contributed to publications like Allure and Fashion Snoops. She earned a BA in mass communications and minored in fashion merchandising from Virginia Commonwealth University.

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Tara Larson

Editorial Assistant

Tara Larson is FN’s editorial assistant. She covers trending content, collaborations and e-Commerce stories. She also serves as Michael Atmore’s assistant. She previously has worked for Esquire and Traditional Home as well as Netflix. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication from Iowa State University.


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