Native of Japan, Dai Sugano is an Emmy award winning photojournalist and senior multimedia editor at the San Jose Mercury News. He produced Left Behind, a powerful multimedia essay on the poverty-stricken of India, left behind in the wake of the country's economic growth.
Dai co-created MercuryNewsPhoto.com whose interactive storytelling has been judged among the world's best two years in the Pictures of the Year International contest, and he covers a wide range of assignments such as Hmong refugees' immigration to the United States; the California Recall; former Japanese internment camp survivors, and a number of stories in politics.
In 2008, "Uprooted," which looks at displacement of a group of mobile home residents in Sunnyvale, won an Emmy Award in the category of New Approaches to News and Documentary Programming: Documentaries. His other works have been nominated for an Emmy Award and a Pulitzer Prize in photography; and have received international and national recognitions.