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

  Lawyers: Major engine failure seen on Hawaii-bound flight a recurring problem

  Prison reform advocates worry key bills won’t survive legislative session

  Reform advocates blast state over COVID-related inmate deaths at prison

  Relatives of Halawa inmates who died of COVID criticize prison officials

  Finances grim for Chinese developer who owns 100s of acres in Makaha Valley

  2 women accused of using pepper spray in attempted Walmart robbery charged

  Kamehameha Schools aims to develop more affordable housing in Kakaako

  Victims’ advocates: Suspects in property crimes are becoming bolder

  Video captures suspects using pepper spray in bold robbery attempt at Walmart

  Suspect in brutal Kahala stabbing wants judge to throw out charges

  In whistleblower suit, former OHA executive claims he was fired for questioning spending

  City crews fan out across Oahu to clean up following rain-triggered sewage spills

  QAnon tweets on Hawaii GOP’s official account raise questions about party’s direction

  In Kaimuki, residents worry monster homes are taking over the community

  Relief. Excitement. Worry. Hawaii residents offer their takes on a Biden presidency

  After backlash, state asks partners to vaccinate only kupuna, not caregivers

  Vaccinated travelers could be exempt from quarantine, testing by spring

  Man comes forward, reuniting woman with 2 dogs stolen in car theft

  In new survey, Hawaii’s small business community expresses little optimism about 2021

  $30M pricetag to renovate water features at the state Capitol raises eyebrows

  Lawsuit alleges businesses are victims of a massive city sewer fee ‘ripoff’

  Hawaii extremist group leader who was in Capitol mob is released on bond

  Hawaii lawyer anticipates release of his client seen in mob that stormed U.S. Capitol

  ‘Proud Boys Hawaii’ founder arrested after returning to Honolulu following US Capitol riots

  Man who ran for office in Hawaii among ‘Proud Boys’ who stormed US Capitol

  Trump supporters, detractors gather in Hawaii; most condemn pro-Trump mob in DC

  Ige has no plans to ease testing rules for visitors, despite calls to do so from tourism industry

  Violence against women in abusive relationships escalated during pandemic, experts say

  Hiker says hunting dogs along popular trail attacked his family and their dog

Despite sexual misconduct suit, city Enterprise Services director returned to work