A Day in the Life of a Newspaper Delivery Man

Forget about vacation days.


Thanks to a recent and heavily reported vendor switchover, Brazilian immigrant Alvaro DaSilva no longer hurls copies of The Boston Globe out the window of his SUV early each morning. But the Newton, Ma., resident continues to faithfully deliver copies locally of The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and The Boston Herald.

PRI reporter Jeb Sharp’s profile of DaSilva is both a clever leveraging of the Globe delivery fiasco and a reminder that this kind of work is not for the faint of heart. From her piece:

DaSilva doesn’t have any weekends – Sunday is actually the hardest day in the newspaper delivery business. He’s only taken one week’s vacation since 2009. Plus a day off for his son’s birth and his last two anniversaries. Even so, he says he really grateful for the newspaper job and that it’s helped him grow his own construction business during daylight hours.

When we get back to his house after delivering hundreds of newspapers, it feels like the day should be over. But it’s just begun. He’ll take a shower, have some coffee, read the paper and then drop his daughter at school on his way to work.

That’s heartening. DaSilva not only delivers print newspapers; he also finds time in the middle of his crazy two-job schedule to read one of them. The Globe lost a good man.

Previously on FishbowlNY:
One of the Last Great Newsstands Is Still Standing
Requiem for the Newspaper Vending Machine

[Image via: bostonherald.com]