Rick Daysog

Rick Daysog

Investigative Reporter

Honolulu, HI

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

  State seeks to give health director power to declare public health emergencies

  Judge backs Hawaii’s 14-day quarantine but legal challenges will continue

  Bankruptcy filings soar in Hawaii as economic fallout of pandemic widens

Family of Waianae man files suit against HPD over fatal Mililani shooting

  Some of Abigail Kawananakoa’s items are going up for auction. That’s raising concerns

  ‘It was hamajang’: East Oahu residents sue the city over shoddy road work

Lawmakers, DOE point blame in schools’ COVID-19 response

  How will the pandemic impact Hawaii’s real estate market? Experts disagree

  Hawaii’s strained unemployment system faces a new threat: Scammers

  Honolulu City Council takes aim at new regulations against monster homes

  Aloha Stadium Swap Meet opens for business once again

  As Hawaii business failures pile up, experts fear another wave this fall

  With extension of traveler quarantine, Hawaii hotels brace for an uncertain future

Dozens of honu are nesting at Bellows Beach. That’s a first.

As families struggle, Hawaii private schools brace for enrollment declines

  Hawaii’s weekend Black Lives Matter protests drew thousands statewide

  The break in sports took a toll on youth teams, athletes and coaches alike

  Las Vegas and Orlando are welcoming back tourists. Some ask: Why not Hawaii?

  Honolulu’s police chief condemns George Floyd’s murder, and restraint tactic

  Illegal dumping plagues Sand Island State Recreational Area

  HGEA says the state could still furlough workers to make up lost revenue

  As shutdown continues, bars (and the small businesses they support) say they may close

  Newest projection: State tax revenues will drop by a jaw-dropping $2.25B this fiscal year

  With more people working from home, demand for office spaces dip

  Honolulu Prosecutors raid another Century Center massage parlor

  Contract delays sidelined investigators crucial to quarantine enforcement

DLNR proposes $100K in fines for 3 alleged aquarium fish poachers

  Citing frustration with Ige administration, state Senate forms investigative committee

  Judiciary suspends drug testing for HOPE probationers on Oahu

  Sunbathers grace the shores once again on Oahu, Maui