About Dai

Dai Sugano is an Emmy Award-winning photojournalist, documentary filmmaker and senior multimedia editor at the San Jose Mercury News. He covers a wide range of daily assignments, produces mobile optimized videos and cover projects which have included: Drugging Our Kids,” an investigative project on the use of psychotropic drugs on California’s foster children; an rising economic inequality in China“Cost of Dying,” a series on end-of-life care issues in the U.S.; poverty in IndiaHmong refugees who have immigrated to the U.S.; California’s 2003 gubernatorial recall; and “Torn Apart,” a 30-minute documentary on a Bay Area family divided by immigration rules. 

He is also a co-creator/co-editor of Viewfinder, the photo blog for the Bay Area News Group photojournalists. 

In 2015, a 40-minute investigative documentary film "Drugging Our Kids" received a National Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio Television Digital News Association. In 2008, "Uprooted," which looks at displacement of a group of mobile home residents in Sunnyvale, won a national Emmy Award in New Approaches to News and Documentary Programming: Documentaries.  His other work have been nominated for an Emmy Award and a Pulitzer Prize in photography; and have received awards from EPpy, Best of the West, NPPA and other international and national photojournalism organizations. 
He is a frequent as guest speaker and lecture in various photojournalism workshops and conferences. 

Softwares I use: Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, Final Cut Pro, Garageband, CCS (enough to customize blogs), Photoshop, Lightroom.

 


AWARDS 

2015  National Edward R. Murrow Award: News Documentary Video for “Drugging Our Kids” 
2014  National Edward R. Murrow Award: Use of Video for “Magic in Motion” 

2011  National Emmy Award- Nominated for New Approaches to News & Documentary Programming: Documentary: TORN APART 
2008 National Emmy Award- Winner - New Approaches to News & Documentary Programming: Documentary: UPROOTED
2008 National Emmy Award- Nominated for New Approaches to News & Documentary Programming: Regional News Coverage:                                                                                                                                                                        INTO THE 25TH HOUR

2015 National Headliners Awards - News Series (circ over 100,000) “Drugging Our Kids

2012 PDN Photo Annual - winner - Video category for  "Capitalism meets Communism"
2011 PDN Photo Annual - winner - Video category for "TORN APART"

2004 The Pulitzer Prize - Finalist, Feature Photography for the coverage of the 2003 California recall.  (Team Entry)

2009 EPpy Award - Winner: Best Use of Video (Team Entry)

2013 Best of the West - First place Multimedia Storytelling for “Cost of Dying” multimedia series
2009 Best of the West - First place Video Storytelling/Third place Video Storytelling for “LEFT BEHIND” and “The Chance to Break Free”

2009 DAYS JAPAN International Photojournalism Contest- Public Prize for “LEFT BEHIND”

2015 National Press Photographers Association - First place Documentary Multimedia Package “Drugging Our Kids
2013 National Press Photographers Association - Third place Documentary Multimedia Story ‘Gayla’s Goodbye’
2011 National Press Photographers Association - Third place Documentary Video ‘TORN APART’
2009 National Press Photographers Association - First place Documentary Video “LEFT BEHIND”
2008 National Press Photographers Association - Second place In-Depth Web “Uprooted” 
2007 National Press Photographers Association - First place Best Use of the Web 2007 (Team Entry) 
2006 National Press Photographers Association - Third place Best News Picture Story (Smaller Affiliated Sites) (Team Entry) 
2006 National Press Photographers Association - First place Best Sports Picture Story (Smaller Affiliated Sites) (Team Entry)
2004 National Press Photographers Association - First place General News
2004 National Press Photographers Association - Third place Domestic News Picture Story

72nd Picture of the Year International - Documentary Project of the Year, Judge’s Special Recognition: “Drugging Our Kids
69th Picture of the Year International - Award of Excellence, News Multimedia Story
65th Picture of the Year International - Third place Multimedia Division, Best News Story
64th Picture of the Year International - Second place Best Use Interactive Publication/Major Media (Team Entry)    
63th Picture of the Year International - Third place  Editing Division / Interactive Publication/Major Media (Team Entry)
59th Picture of the Year International - Gold Medal, College Photographer of the Year 2001 (CPOY)


SPEAKER / LECTURE

Society for News Design conference
Workshop speaker: "Chasing Video" April, 2016, SF, CA

Asian American Journalist Association (AAJA)
Workshop speaker: "Web-Docs Deconstructed" August, 2015, SF, CA

Open Show
Guest Speaker on "Drugging Our Kids" April, 2015 SF, CA

National Press Photographers Association (NPPA)
Guest Speaker / Lecture : Northern Short Course, March 2013 Elizabeth, NJ.

UNITY 12 Journalism Convention
Lecture:  UNITY 12 Journalism Convention.  August, 2012 Las Vegas, NV.

San Francisco Bay Area Press Photographers Association
Lecture:  2011 SFBAPPA Digital Media Workshop. Dec. 2011 San Jose, CA.

Western Kentucky University
Guest Speaker: Sixth annual Gaines Lecture Series.  April 2010. Bowling Green, KY 

San Francisco Bay Area Press Photographers Association
Lecture:  2009 SFBAPPA Digital Media Workshop. Dec. 2009 San Jose, CA.

GeekFest photo festival
Guest Speaker: Sept. 2009 St. Petersburg, Fl. 

San Jose State University
Convocation Speaker: Graduate ceremony for The School of Journalism and Mass Communication.  May 21, 2009.  San Jose, CA

San Jose State University
Guest Speaker: Visual Day. May 2009. San Jose, CA

IPPA/WNPA (Illinois/Wisconsin press photographer association)
Guest Speaker: Annual Press Photographers’ convention. April 2009. Madison, WI

Stanford University
Lecture: Multimedia workshop.  Jan - March, 2009. Stanford, CA

ASMP Multimedia Special Interest Group
Guest Speaker: 2008.   Oct. 2008, San Francisco, CA

UNITY 08 Journalism Convention
Lecture: Multimedia Storytelling Workshop. July 2008, Chicago, IL

Nebraska News Photographers Association
Guest Speaker:  2008 John Savage Seminar. April 2008, Omaha, NE

Brooks Institute of Photography
Guest Speaker:  Brooks Institute of Photography National Press Photographers Association student chapter. Jan 2008, Ventura, CA

Asian American Journalist Association
Lecture / Guest Speaker:  2007 Asian American Journalist Association Convention.  Aug 2007 Miami, MI.

National Association of Black Journalists
Lecture / Guest Speaker:  2007 National Association of Black Journalists Convention. Aug 2007 Las Vegas, NV.

Asian American Journalist Association
Lecture / Guest Speaker:  2006 Asian American Journalist Association Convention.  June 2006 Honolulu, Hawaii.

San Francisco Bay Area Press Photographers Association
Lecture / Guest Speaker:  2006 SFBAPPA Digital Media Workshop. Dec 2006 San Francisco, CA.

San Francisco Exposure Gallery
Guest Speaker:  San Francisco Bay Area Press Photographers Association Photo Night. Oct 2006, San Francisco, CA.

San Jose State University
Guest Speaker:  San Jose State University National Press Photographers Association student chapter.  April 2006, San Jose, CA.

San Francisco Bay Area Press Photographers Association
Lecture / Guest Speaker:  2005 SFBAPPA Digital Media Workshop. Dec 2005 San Francisco, CA.

National Press Photographers Association
Lecture / Guest Speaker:  2005 Annual Flying Short Course. October 2005 Eugene, OR. 

Brooks Institute of Photography
Guest Speaker:  Brooks Institute of Photography National Press Photographers Association student chapter. Jan 2004, Ventura, CA