Ann Heppermann and Kara Oehler are Peabody-award winning public radio producers and media artists based in New York City and Boston. Their stories and long-form documentaries have aired nationally and internationally on public radio shows including: This American Life, Morning Edition, Radio Lab, Re:Sound, Marketplace and numerous others. Individually and collectively, their radio stories and media projects have won Peabody, RTNDA Edward R. Murrow, NFCB Golden Reel, PRNDI, Associated Press and Third Coast International Audio Festival (TCIAF) awards, and been exhibited at Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Carpenter Center for Visual Arts at Harvard, UnionDocs and the Chicago Center for the Arts, among other venues. They have held guest lectures at TCIAF, Center for Documentary Studies at Duke, the South Asian Journalists Association Convention at Columbia University, Universität Konstanz and Harvard University.
Kara and Ann are co-creators of Mapping Main Street, a collaborative documentary created with AIR's MQ2 initiative, NPR, the CPB and the Berkman Center at Harvard. They also co-created Chorus of Refuge through a residency with free103point9, with whom they are also transmission artists.
Ann is a Rosalynn Carter for Mental Journalism Fellow and will be making a multimedia documentary about preteen anorexia in partnership with Ms. Magazine and NPR. She is also on the writing faculty of Sarah Lawrence College, where she teaches courses in Writing, Radio and Aurality and Radio for Writers.
Kara is executive director of Media And Place (MAP) Productions, creators of Zeega, an open-source HTML5 platform for collaboratively producing, curating and publishing immersive multimedia projects on web, tablet and mobile devices. Kara is also the co-director of The UnionDocs Collaborative, a Brooklyn-based laboratory for non-fiction media research and group production, and Capitol of Punk, an award-winning interactive documentary which is a part of Yellow Arrow, a seminal project in locative media and participatory storytelling.