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 India; Hmong 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.