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

  ‘Surreal’: For the last 9 months, they’ve been isolated on a remote toll with no news

  Nearly 60,000 citations issued for violating emergency orders thrown out

  Former HPD captain with COVID-19 left to sleep on a park bench after quarantine mix-up

Mayor offers up a new timeline for rail’s completion that takes construction into 2033

  COVID-19 surge leaves would-be Hawaii travelers scrambling to find tests

  Whistleblower details hostile work environment allegations against Maui prosecutor

  Charter school commission criticized for ‘erroneous’ rejections of new applicants

  Will putting in fewer parking spaces mean fewer cars on the road? The city hopes so.

  Officials have high hopes COVID-19 vaccine could also cure Hawaii’s ailing economy

  Engineering firm faces a hefty fine for allegedly altering part of Manoa stream

  Police commission wants HPD to prohibit officers from cases involving friends, family

  A day after election, efforts to reorganize City Council are already underway

  Hawaii sees surge of last-minute voters casting ballots in person

  $1.8M settlement reached in harassment, retaliation suit against KPD

  With construction tying up coveted spaces, weekend parking at popular park is a bear

  As economic pain of pandemic widens, need for food stamps soars

  After HART vote, talks for rail public-private partnership will continue (for now)

  City agrees to a tentative $320,000 settlement over HPD domestic violence case

  Sign of the times: Orders for 'business closing’ signs are way up

Bar owners call city’s tiered reopening plan keeping them closed ‘unconstitutional’

  Survey: Hawaii businesses expect extreme economic hardship to continue through 2021

  Since tourism relaunch, police have issued 4,500 warnings for violating COVID-19 orders

  Manoa couple fined $40K for allegedly altering stream

  The latest estimate for Honolulu’s embattled rail project: $10B

  Golf courses are struggling to stay afloat as they wait for players to return

  The pandemic is attracting buyers of multi-million dollar homes to Hawaii

  Advocates worry immigrant, working families struggling to get by amid pandemic woes

  Mayor: Bids for City Center leg of rail project way ‘out of the ballpark’

  County mayors in disagreement over state’s tourism relaunch plan

  Waikiki man charged for ‘email bomb’ cyber attack on HPD’s network