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

  Matson unveils newest container ship in its fleet (and it’s massive)

  Armed with new rulings, lawmakers to once again seek Roundup ban

  Family of 5-year-old killed on Mid-Pacific Institute kayaking trip sues school

  Manslaughter verdict handed down in deadly Kapiolani gameroom shooting

  Legal group to analyze spike of deadly officer-involved shootings around Hawaii

  Facing backlash, Land Board scuttles parking plan for Ala Wai Boat Harbor

  Abandoned flood project in Hauula cost taxpayers $146K ... and flooding is still a problem

  Bitter custody battle over 11-year-old exposes flaws in child welfare system, critics say

  Declining enrollment among challenges UH Hilo’s pharmacy college faces

  City erects fence blocking shoreline access near Diamond Head, irking park users

  As Hauula grapples with flood after flood, residents worry about the community’s future

  Wahiawa residents say planned homeless shelter is unsafe

  Kaimuki residents: City isn’t doing enough to rein in monster home builder

  Maui man pleads guilty to ‘buying’ Thai girl, sexually assaulting her

  City report claims housing shortage will end in 2028, but experts are skeptical

  High court reverses manslaughter conviction in death of homeless woman

  In Waimanalo, residents battle illegal dumping blocks from free city trash center

  She thought she was investing her savings. She was really handing it over to a thief

  A controversial playground planned for Ala Moana is headed to Kakaako

  The question in ‘egregious’ inmate beating: Were guards properly trained?

  New video shows why purse snatching at Moanalua Gardens is attempted murder case

  At a Puna Christmas parade, police nab man tied to murder investigation

Critics: Deaths of 21 cattle on barge bound for Kauai ‘cruel and inhumane’

  New suit claims lawmakers sought to punish UH by reducing number of regents

  Ewa Beach residents worry for community safety after BB gun shooting

  Whistleblower outlines problems with sheriff dept. in lawsuit

  Shoppers battle long lines, large crowds as stores open for Black Friday

  All aboard! A first-of-its-kind ship launches service out of Oahu

  High ranking DOE supervisors fined thousands for ethics violations

  OHA appoints permanent CEO at ‘critical moment’ in its 40-year history