Photographers

  • MercuryNewsPhoto.com Editor: Dai Sugano
  • Picture editor: Jami C. Smith
  • Director of Photography: Michael Malone
  • Contact: (408)-920-5088
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Karen T. Borchers

Karen T. Borchers has been a photojournalist at the San Jose Mercury News since 1982. She has also worked at the West Palm Beach Post and the Dayton Journal Herald. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Photojournalism from Bowling Green State University and a Master of Arts Degree from Ohio University.


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Jim Gensheimer

Jim Gensheimer worked at National Geographic as an intern and at the Louisville Courier-Journal before coming to the San Jose Mercury News in 1984. He holds a BA degree from Western Kentucky University and an MA degree in visual communications from Ohio University where he attended as a Knight Fellow in 1999. Gensheimer is author of “Pain and Grace; A Journey Through Vietnam,” a book of photographs published in 2000.

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Josie Lepe

Josie Lepe has been at the Mercury News since 1999. Lepe is the Director of the Photography Lab and shoots for the style section. She loves to photograph hockey and has been documenting the Rockbilly scene in the Bay Area for the last 10 years. Lepe has a BFA from San Jose State University. She is a native of Guadalajara, Mexico and grew up in downtown San Jose.

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Nhat V. Meyer

Nhat Meyer has been a staff photographer for the San Jose Mercury News since March 2000. He previously worked at The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, Virginia for three years. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in photojournalism from the University of Missouri in 1995.

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Gary Reyes

Gary Reyes has been a staff photographer at the San Jose Mercury News since 1993. Some of his projects include: Minority-Majority, California’s changing racial demographics; Filipino World War II veterans; and Sikh-Americans. Reyes is a graduate of California State University, Sacramento. He previously worked at the Sacramento Bee and the Oakland Tribune.

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Dai Sugano

Dai Sugano is an Emmy Award-winning photojournalist and senior multimedia editor at The San Jose Mercury News.  His interactive story telling has been judged among the world’s best two years in a row in the Pictures of the Year International contest.  Last year, Sugano covered a number of stories in India including the country’s vast poverty.  Videos he produced have received a series of national journalism awards by NPPA, EPpy and Best of the West; and an international award from DAYS JAPAN international photography contest for a series of photographs.  In 2008, “Uprooted,” which looks at the displacement of a group of mobile home residents in Sunnyvale, won a national Emmy Award in New Approaches to News and Documentary Programming: Documentaries.

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Latest Documentary: Torn Apart

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Patrick Tehan

A native of Springfield, Ohio, Tehan has been a staff photographer at several newspapers across the country. Tehan has contributed to several books in the “Day in the Life” series: America, California, Spain, the Soviet Union, China, Italy, Ireland, as well as Christmas in America, the Jews in America, The Power to Heal, Baseball in America, Passage to Vietnam and 24 Hours in Cyberspace. Among Tehan’s many distinctions include: runner-up Newspaper Photographer of the Year for 1992, NPPA. In 2003, Tehan was part of a group entry that was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

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