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

  FBI agents raid Waialae Iki home, search for explosives

Despite statewide restriction on mass gatherings, large groups continue to meet

  Decrease in flights is packing a punch for state exporters

  Fish prices plummet as coronavirus pandemic cripples industry and idles boats

  As Hawaii’s economy falters, construction is a rare bright spot

Thousands laid off as eateries shut off dine-in options or close their doors

Price gouging a growing concern as consumers scramble for toilet paper, hand sanitizer

  After a whirlwind Hawaii vacation, a CO woman returns home and tests positive for coronavirus

  Walk-in healthcare clinics ‘overwhelmed’ by coronavirus testing requests

  Hawaii braces for possible recession as economic fallout of virus grows

  In trial for control of her fortune, heiress Abigail Kawananakoa takes the stand

  Family asks for help in finding 14-year-old with severe mental illness

  Judge denies bail for Kauai councilman accused of leading drug trafficking operation

  DLNR supervisor fined for using state equipment for private employers

  Embattled Kauai Councilman accused of using drugs to pay for sex, feds say

  Despite warning signs, state failed to prevent abuse of 7-day-old girl, guardian says

  West Oahu flight museum heads to court to fight eviction

  NOAA: Feral cat population control must be part of efforts to protect monk seals

  Worries of misdirected funds swirl as trial over Princess Kawananakoa’s fortune set to begin

  ‘A lot of phobia’: Coronavirus fears pack a punch for Chinatown businesses

  Owners at affordable condo to appeal after seeing their property taxes skyrocket

  City Council grills rail officials over delays through urban core

  Streamlining plan will require 38,000 Neighbor Island patients to find new health insurance

  Financial officer admits to stealing $628,000 from Big Island school destroyed by lava

  Homeless man who was forced by police officer to lick urinal sues HPD, city

  Feds: Filipino mega-church founder profited from human trafficking tactics

  Federal authorities raid Filipino mega-church as part of massive investigation

Former high-ranking union leader sentenced to 30 months in prison

Prosecutors: Employee of Puna charter school overrun by lava embezzled $628,000

  To avoid more delays, rail project wants to dial up daytime construction work