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

  Emails show turmoil in state Auditor’s Office during rail audit

  Recorded interview sheds light on dozens of costly change orders for rail project

Stiffer sentence sought for driver who fatally struck North Shore doctor

  New cash smuggling allegations raised against Filipino mega-church officials

  Despite conviction, rail spokesman allowed to stay on the job

  Mysterious oily sludge in Halawa draws new attention ... and concern

  Rail spokesman pleads guilty to conspiracy charge linked to his time at union

  Helicopter flights over USS Arizona Memorial criticized as being ‘disrespectful’

  ‘It makes you proud’: USS Arizona Memorial reopens after lengthy closure

  Under settlement, Hawaii County to pay $15M to family of man fatally struck by Big Island officer

  Former union leader accused of misusing funds pleads not guilty

  YMCA investing $1.5M to give new life to a Honolulu park once a source of concern

  Expert: Trade war could impact Hawaii construction projects

  Authorities outline ‘shocking’ fraud, money laundering case against ex-union head

Work on planned campground in Waialua causes community uproar

  With success of Rams-Cowboys game, tourism officials hope for more

  Coast Guard welcomes its newest, state-of-the-art cutter to Hawaii

  Settlement progress reported in legal challenges to vacation rental law

  ‘Lies on top of lies’: Tour company accused of bilking visitors out over $100K

  Waimanalo woman says a man tricked her into making her yard an illegal dumpsite

  3 West Oahu rail stations nearly complete

  Legal battle over rundown Waikiki hotel comes to a head

  Kailua woman on a fixed income fears new vacation rental rules will have a domino effect

  City: Number of illegal vacation rentals has dropped sharply in wake of new law

Advocates blast ‘alarming’ suspension practices at public schools

In wake of pedestrian crash, state to look at building parking for Laniakea Beach Park

  City’s new vacation rental law faces at least 2 legal challenges

  Maui man accused of ‘buying’ young girl in Thailand, sexually assaulting her

  Deadly blaze renews calls for mandatory smoke detectors, sprinkler systems

  TMT protest called a pivotal moment in modern Hawaiian history