Dai Sugano will be speaking about his project, “Drugging our kids,” and the effort made at the San Jose Mercury News to maximize its impact at the 2015 APPM Conference at Stanford University on Saturday, October 17.
Sugano is an Emmy Award-winning photojournalist, documentary filmmaker 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: “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.
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.
In 2015, his 40-minute investigative documentary “Drugging Our Kids” received a National Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA).