Rick Daysog

Rick Daysog has worked at the Honolulu Advertiser, the Honolulu Star-Bulletin and most recently, the Sacramento Bee. He broke stories about the Kamehameha Schools trust controversy, illegal campaign contributions to then-Mayor Jeremy Harris and the shutdown of Aloha Airlines. He exposed wrongdoing by the state's leading tourism official, Rex Johnson, for sending racist and sexist e-mails, leading Johnson to resign. He wrote about the controversies surrounding Gov. Lingle's chief of staff, Bob Awana, who also quit. He was the first reporter to write about U.S. Army Lt. Ehren Watada who refused to deploy for his unit's assigned rotation to Operation Iraqi Freedom, saying he believed the war to be illegal. The story made national headlines when Watada was brought before a court-martial in 2007 which ended in a mistrial. "When I had the chance to hire Rick at the Advertiser, I didn't hesitate to bring him aboard," said Mark Platte, news director of Hawaii News Now and former Advertiser editor. "He always impressed me with his hard work, his ability to dig deep for the story and to do whatever it would take to get the truth." Daysog has a strong business reporting background, particularly in banking, energy, real estate and the airline industry, and is an expert on campaign finance laws. He is a 1987 graduate of UC-Berkeley with B.A. degrees in rhetoric and religious studies. He has won nearly 30 journalism awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Hawaii Publishers Association and Best of the West Journalism contest.

Recent Articles by Rick

  Audit: 18 rail consultants paid average of $500,000 a year in salaries, overhead

Here’s how much Hawaii County is asking for in Kilauea Eruption recovery funding

‘Go home’: Councilman has choice words for a Chinese developer that threatened to boycott Hawaii

Lawmaker: Judges made the ‘wrong call’ in letting suspect in assault case out again and again

Governor’s pick for attorney general is longtime litigator — who sometimes targeted state

It’s now law, but ‘Death With Dignity' still faces opposition while supporters push for acceptance

Hawaii now allows terminally ill patients to take their own lives with prescription drugs

Impeachment proceedings against city prosecutor move forward

Amid already hot housing market, foreign investment in Hawaii properties soars

Homeowners say illegal vacation rentals are pushing up property taxes

Big Island dairy that spilled millions of gallons of raw sewage faces big fines

An illegal dump site the length of 13 football fields is ticking off Waianae residents

Owner whose vessel ran aground off Waikiki and stayed there for months slapped with big fine

HPD clears backlog of untested sex assault kits

How to curb Hawaii’s greenhouse gas emissions? Legislators to consider carbon tax for polluters (big and small)

Opening ceremonies kick off holding period for 2018 ‘Eddie’ contest

Castle High School parents sue over dangerous football drill

State closes popular seawall along Waikiki’s Gold Coast

Shoppers rush to retailers across the state for Black Friday deals

The way universities handle sexual misconduct cases could change, but opinions vary