Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Speaker Bio


Teri Agins is a freelance writer, lecturer and the former senior special writer at The Wall Street Journal, as well as the paper's "Ask Teri" columnist. She is the author of two popular non-fiction books, "Hijacking the Runway" and "The End of Fashion."

Teri has also written for magazines such as Vogue, Essence, Town & Country, Allure, 

Elle, Fortune and Harper’s Bazaar. She is a lecturer and has been a TV guest on "Oprah," "Project Runway," "The View," Full Frontal Fashion," "The Today Show," CNN, CNBC, "Inside Edition," Fox Business News, and Arise TV, as well as National Public Radio. Teri moderated executive panels for the London-based World Retail Congress in Barcelona (2009) and in Berlin (2010 and 2011).

In 1977, Teri began her journalism career as a reporter and editor in Chicago for the Daily News Record, a Fairchild publication. From 1979 to 1984, she lived in Brazil (Salvador and Belo Horizonte) as a correspondent for the Latin America Daily Post and for Supermercado Moderno, a monthly trade magazine where she wrote in Portuguese. In Brazil, she also worked as a stringer for Fairchild News Service (WWD, Footwear News), The New York Times and Time magazine. She is fluent in Portuguese and conversational Spanish.

Teri joined The Wall Street Journal in 1984 as a reporter in the New York bureau, and spent 25 years as a full-time writer at the paper, notably 20 years covering retailing and starting the fashion beat. She was named senior special writer in 1995. In 1997, Teri took a 20-month leave to write "The End of Fashion, The Mass Marketing of the Clothing Business," which was published in 1999 by the William Morrow imprint of Hapercollins, and was translated into four languages. "The End of Fashion" is still in print as a paperback and eBook and is used in many fashion and marketing courses.


Teri's second book, "Hijacking the Runway, How Celebrities Are Stealing the Spotlight From Fashion Designers," was published in hardcover, eBook and audio book in 2014 by the Gotham (now Avery) imprint of Penguin Random House. Teri wrote The Wall Street Journal's weekly fashion-mailbag column, "Ask Teri," for 10 years (500 columns) until February, 2017.

Throughout her career, Teri has received many honors: the Eugenia Sheppard Award from the Council of Fashion Designer of America (2004); the Marylou Luther Award for Fashion Journalism from the Accessories Council (2005); the "Let's Do It Better" award from Columbia University for her article, "A Fashion House with an Elite Aura Wrestles Race" (2005); the Front Page Award from the Newswomen's Club of New York for non-deadline feature writing (1991 and 2002); the Atrium Award for feature writing from the University of Georgia (1990, 1996 and 1999); the Lifestyles Journalism Award from the University of Missouri (1999, 2000 and 2002). She has been the keynote commencement speaker at New York's LIM College of Fashion and American Intercontinental University in Atlanta.


Teri is a graduate of Wellesley College and has a master's degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism where she won a Ford Foundation fellowship to research her master's thesis on the government-controlled press in Lima, Peru.

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