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

  Parents of a Maui woman with a mental illness file suit against the state

  Lieutenant governor: State shouldn’t use National Guard in TMT protest response

  UH president addresses ‘heartbreaking’ TMT arrests, calls for his resignation

Attorney: 4 Kealoha era lawsuits could cost city up to $40 million

  Ethics Commission, former director spar over handling of Kealoha probes

  A hazardous discovery could cost the rail authority $10 million

  Upcoming residential development in Mililani faces hefty fines over erosion concerns

  To curb vandalism, nearly 200 security cameras will be installed in Oahu parks

  State says weapons won’t be used against protesters on Mauna Kea, but agencies still preparing

At mainland forum, Hawaii teachers get chance to question presidential candidates

Community activists urge governor to allow real estate tax bill to become law

  HPD launches murder investigation into a deadly shooting of an OCCC inmate

Judge: Kealoha conviction doesn’t taint verdict in murder trial, challenge denied

  Second Lady Pence, Caroline Kennedy among notable speakers at national mayor conference

  The fallout from the Kealoha case could last for years ... and cost taxpayers millions more

  Lawsuit alleges child abuse, cover-up at Kroc Center in Kapolei

  Tax bills for vacation rentals and REITs among items on governor’s veto list

Autopsy of man killed by sheriff’s deputy at Capitol contradicts official account

  Construction of Thirty Meter Telescope expected to take 10 years to complete

  State orders developer to stop excavation work on an Ewa Beach coastline

  Lawsuit puts blame on the state for high inmate suicide rate

  Ethics Commission forces several OHA trustees to pay back thousands

  Honolulu is prepping for a national gathering of mayors. But who’s footing the bill?

  State alleges Hawaiian scholar with a troubled past bilked distressed homeowners

  State wants to fly prison guards to Maui to address severe staffing shortage

  Castle High students get hands-on experience in the world of construction

  United CEO says Honolulu’s dilapidated airport could hold back travel growth

  Are you being charged for the actual amount of water you use? Maybe.

Hawaiian Airlines issues apology after glitch caused thousands in fraudulent charges

Senate approves disaster funding bill with more than $100M for Big Island, Kauai