Team

Mapping Main Street is produced by Kara Oehler, a Peabody award-winning journalist who has been making groundbreaking radio documentaries and innovative multimedia storytelling projects for over 15 years. She is a Co-Founder of UnionDocs, metaLAB (at) Harvard and Zeega, has been a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute and Film Study Center at Harvard University, been recognized as one of America’s most accomplished and innovative artists by United States Artists, and her work has been exhibited at MoMA and SFMoMA, amongst many other venues. She is also Co-Founder of GoPop, a social video app acquired by BuzzFeed in 2015.
Jesse Shapins and James Burns serve as Founding Advisors. Jesse is Director of Product at BuzzFeed, and is also an artist and designer, who has been working in geolocative media and database documentaries for over a decade. James Burns is Director of Video Engineering at BuzzFeed, and has been a widely recognized pioneer in interactive storytelling and mobile video.
Laura Kurgan, Director of Columbia’s Center for Spatial Research, is Mapping and Data Advisor.
In 2008, Mapping Main Street was started through funding from the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University and Maker's Quest 2.0, an initiative between the Association of Independents in Radio and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The founding project team was Kara Oehler, Jesse Shapins, James Burns and Ann Heppermann.