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

  Hanabusa turns down pricey HART consultant contract; mayor appoints her to rail board

  HART spent nearly $300K for laptops — most of which aren’t being used

  HPD faces international pressure for more transparency in fatal police shooting

  At Workers Day rally, hundreds call on state to help employees laid off during COVID

  HART, facing massive budget shortfall, awards $216,000 consultant contract to Hanabusa

  Judge rules lawsuit against state filed by Peter Boy Kema’s siblings can move ahead

  261 complaints from a single person trigger crackdown on ‘unauthorized trees’

  EPA sues bankrupt Oahu Sugar Co. over pesticide dumping in Waipio

  Family of woman killed in Kailua helicopter crash sues manufacturer, tour company

  Police procedures in fatal Nuuanu shooting are questioned by ACLU, family’s attorneys

  Family of 5-year-old who died on kayaking trip reaches record settlement

  Advocates worry abuse cases went widely unreported during pandemic

  Lawyers for man framed by Kealohas seek former Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s testimony

  ‘Art on the Zoo Fence,’ first launched in 1953, can’t get city permits to reopen

  In whistleblower report, DOH manager alleges agency is ‘dysfunctional’

  Citing safety concerns, state seeks $20,000 fine against owners of Wahiawa dam

  In latest round of cuts at embattled rail project, HART lays off more than 30 workers

  COVID-related unemployment eligibility disputes on the rise, Hawaii lawyers say

  Embattled hotel and condo project near Ala Moana Center hits another major snag

  Working group criticizes state auditor’s performance, stops short of calling for his removal

  Homeowner says former DPP employee arrested by FBI delayed his permits back in 2015

  5 city planning department employees charged in months-long federal corruption investigation

  HGEA files grievance against HART after interim CEO lays off dozens without notice

  Months after his death, loved ones are still waiting for a payout from his employer, the TSA

  Judge throws out key evidence in brutal Kahala stabbing case, but keeps suspect behind bars

  Former IHS employee pleads guilty to taking $100,000 meant to help homeless

  Despite legislative setback, advocates will continue push to rename an Oahu high school

  Committee to investigate conflicting accounts of lawmaker’s drunken driving arrest

  Inspections discover cracks in rail line tracks that experts say could cause further delays

  To close $3B shortfall, HART to seek another bailout for embattled rail system