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

  Contractor charged with reining in HART’s budget being paid $256K for 3 months of work

  A stinkier-than-normal ‘stink pond’ in Nanakuli has drivers rolling up their windows

  Spending soars in special election race for City Council seat

  Lifeguards work in deteriorating towers as brand new ones sit unused

  Experts say riot at Maui jail symptom of aging, overcrowded facility

  Dredging of Nuuanu Reservoir preceded flood of muddy water into thriving stream

Parent found guilty of 2 felonies in assault of former Kaiser football coach

  Trial of parent accused of assaulting Kaiser football coach begins

  Nuuanu Stream runs chocolate brown after Board of Water Supply reservoir work

  Whistleblower lawsuit alleges $20M in rail project change order abuses

  Police investigate if shooting by undercover officers violated policy

  Suit by family of late Kapolei High football player could signal flood of new litigation

  Protesters tell Alexander & Baldwin: ‘Don’t be a deadbeat dad’

City to spend $20M to shore up severe erosion problems in Palolo

  Sheriff’s deputy fatally shoots man at state Capitol after ‘extreme struggle’

  After nearly losing leg in attack, man warns of loose dogs on bike path

  Victim’s mom addresses ex-Kamehameha Schools teacher at sex assault sentencing

  Newly-released surveillance video shows huge explosion at Kauai recycling yard

  A planned wind farm is getting opposition from an unusual source: Environmentalists

  Judge denies Hawaii’s request to subpoena Airbnb records from thousands of hosts