Each year, one day is set aside to recognize the accomplishments of carriers who work hard to get the newspaper in the hands of our readers. The Newspaper Association of America and the newspaper industry have designated Saturday as International Newspaper Carrier Day, a salute to the hundreds of thousands of newspaper carriers who deliver to 133 million print readers throughout the world every week. International Newspaper Carrier Day is held in conjunction with National Newspaper Week, Oct. 5 -11, which is sponsored separately by the Newspaper Association Managers.
Barney Flaherty was hired as the first paperboy in September 1833 by the New York Sun, according to newspaper lore. Since then, other people have picked up newspaper delivery routes and contributed to the newspaper industry and society. Many former newspaper carriers have achieved great success in business, entertainment, politics, and the press. John Wayne, Warren Buffet, Martin Luther King, Jr., Bob Hope, Ed Sullivan, Willard Scott, J. Edgar Hoover, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Herbert Hoover, and Chief Justice Earl Warren to name just a few.
At the Los Alamos Monitor, we have 60 routes and contract 32 carriers and drivers who deliver your paper to your door five days a week. At present, we need another eight carriers to complete routes.