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

  City lays out future possibilities for a crumbling Waikiki landmark

  Kailua woman who terrorized neighbors for years ordered to pay $1M

  Babysitter charged in infant’s overdose death is out free on bail

  Judge rejects supervised release for babysitter charged in infant’s overdose death

  An unofficial DLNR Instagram page surfaces with ‘public shaming’ tactics

  Lawsuit: Cat bite at Outrigger Canoe Club caused woman’s rare disease

  A third hotel comes to Oahu’s second city

  Controversial developer of an Ala Moana project faces new legal problems

  2 ex-adult correctional officers face trials for alleged sex assaults at women’s prison

Police search for suspect in violent Nuuanu home invasion

  Support for an inclusive playground is there. But where should it be built?

  Hawaiian royalty descendant rejects calls for appointment of a conservator

  Kailua residents say city to blame for growing sinkhole that’s threatening homes

  Victim of Maui beating criticizes authorities for not pursuing hate crime charges

  Somebody thought it was a good idea to put a large propane tank next to this playground

  Typhoon fallout: airline service to Japan resumes, some flights canceled

  Union alleges private security firm owes airport workers nearly $1M

  Puna Geothermal Venture to drill new well as it prepares to resume operations

  As dangers become clear, vaping loses reputation as safer alternative to cigarettes

  Sunday ban on commercial activities in Maunalua Bay ignored by some tour operators, critics say

  High-ranking DLNR officer stripped of police powers after crash reveals misconduct

  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