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

  HART: Canceling public-private partnership could cause 18 months of rail delays

  Class-action suit filed over COVID-19 outbreak at OCCC

  After 3 years at helm of Honolulu’s rail project, HART CEO likely to be voted out

Sewage leak forces temporary closure of Sand Island Beach Park

  Businesses optimistic about tourism reopening plan, but say they’ll need help to stay afloat

  Hotel industry, businesses urge governor to relaunch trans-Pacific travel by mid-October

  A rock wall saves a Makiki couple’s life from an out of control speeding car

  State declines to share data that city says is key to predicting future outbreaks

  After a family’s plea for help, 2 officers thwart an online romance scam

  ‘My heart sank’: After losing his job, a Mililani man is victimized in an unemployment scam

  OCCC shows signs of improvement in COVID handling, but criticism remains

  Illegal game rooms, booming amid the pandemic, are moving into residential areas

  State pledges to launch ’virtual call center’ to field questions about jobless benefits

Advocates: Oahu’s population of unsheltered homeless on the rise amid pandemic

Despite a rocky start, city’s surge testing program goal expands to 90,000 tests

  ‘It’s as if a bomb went off:’ Waipahu’s illegal dumping problem worsens

  Welcome to the world! Baby honu finally emerge from nests at Bellows Beach

  EMS worries potential budget cuts will slash their crucial operations

  Lt. Gov. Green repeats call for stronger mandates as Hawaii sees another day with 200-plus cases

Foreign lobbying scandal entangles well-known political fundraiser in Hawaii

State begins releases of 24 OCCC inmates under order from Hawaii Supreme Court

  Parents stunned after Nanakuli charter school disenrolls more than 270 students

‘An utter failure': Legal, medical experts fault state for massive outbreak at OCCC

  Mayoral race analysis shows Blangiardi won 26 of 34 districts in primary election

  Concerns grow over rising COVID-19 cases at Hawaii jails and prisons

  Do you have the right to know if a coworker tests positive for COVID-19?

  On the neighbor islands, ‘resort bubbles’ is an idea being considered

  Suspect who impersonated Hollywood producer arrested in so-called ‘Baywatch scam’

  Hawaii Convention Center among 13 sites designated on Oahu as a shelter

  Work underway to protect infrastructure, construction sites from storm damage