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

  A year later, few answers into how admitted killer escaped from Kaneohe psychiatric hospital

Are people loving Hanauma Bay to death? A new study is trying to answer that question

Ferris wheel in Waikiki? Some residents say ‘it’s a totally stupid idea’

Illegal shark finning probe nets criminal charges against ten international fishermen

Hotel workers strike drags on, taking a toll on picketers and businesses

Trump isn’t on the ballot this year, but many in Hawaii cast their vote because of him

Feds target Big Island police officer in beating death investigation

State considers new school immunization rules

Attorney claims his client was prematurely charged with murder; prepares to appeal ruling

Think carefully about where you park in Haleiwa: Towing complaints on the rise

Supreme Court throws out controversial constitutional amendment question

Supreme Court hears oral arguments on controversial constitutional amendment question

Class-action lawsuit alleges city negligence worsened East Honolulu flooding

Hotel workers strike could impact a major convention and charity event

Lawsuit accuses Head Start operator of inflating enrollment with ‘ghost children’

State seeks steep fee hikes for harbors

Lab: More than 20 percent of Hawaii medical marijuana products rejected for sale

Strike of hotel workers stretches into its second day

Federal judge awards former OCCC inmate $30K for 2015 beating

Council approves sidewalk bills targeting homeless