Dai Sugano is an Emmy Award-winning photojournalist and senior multimedia editor at the San Jose Mercury News. He is also a co-creator/co-editor of Viewfinder, the photo blog for the Bay Area News Group photojournalists. He covers a wide range of assignments which have included: 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. 


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. 

Photo District News (PDN) August 2007 issue:  Titled: Multimedia Revolution 


Photo District News (PDN) August 2007 issue:  Titled: Picture Story: On Assignment 


SPEAKER / LECTURE


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

CONTACT:

Dai Sugano

daisugano@gmail.com

San Francisco, San Jose, Bay Area.

MSNBC.com / TODAY / AOL   2009

Featured short ”LEFT BEHIND”: Front page and world page at MSNBC.com / TODAY / AOL


DAYS JAPAN / “LEFT BEHIND” June 2009 issue:

Featured article ”LEFT BEHIND”: Photo Essay about poverty in India

AWARDS


2014 National Edward R. Murrow Award: Use of Video for “Magic in Motion” 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

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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”


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


The 69th Annual Picture of the Year International - Award of Excellence, News Multimedia Story

The 65th Annual Picture of the Year International - Third place Multimedia Division, Best News Story

The 64th Annual Picture of the Year International - Second place Best Use Interactive Publication/Major Media (Team Entry)

The 63th Annual Picture of the Year International - Third place  Editing Division / Interactive Publication/Major Media (Team Entry)

The 59th Annual Picture of the Year International - Gold Medal, College Photographer of the Year 2001 (CPOY)

ABOUT

 

PUBLICATION featured


Photo District News (PDN) Dec. 2010 issue:  Titled: One Family’s Immigration Ordeal 


News Photographer  Feb. 2010 issue:  About ‘Torn Apart’ 

PROJECTS

INDIA’S

LEFT BEHIND

UPROOTED

THE FORGOTTEN

PEOPLE

TORN APART

CAPITALISM

MEETS

COMMUNISM

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