By Trishna Buch
Born in Moberly, Missouri, Post Publisher David Day was one of five children. When I spoke to him, he told me that Missouri was where Walt Disney spent most of his childhood. Being that I am a massive Disney fan, this tidbit of information was exciting to hear. But, even more so, it was interesting to learn that he was born in a state which was where Disney spent his formative years. Disney, of course, was a man who spent years achieving his dream—something very similar to what he did for over 40 years.
After spending his childhood in Illinois, Day and his family moved to Texas City when he was 11-years-old. Since he has lived in Texas City for over 50 years, I was interested to hear about how Sixth Street has changed over the years. “There were people and businesses all over the place; from Texas Avenue and up Texas Avenue,” he told me. “Everything was moving in this direction. But it did all end around Ninth Avenue. There was not much past that.” “The end of the city was near the Burger King and, beyond that, it was just fields.”
Mr. Day graduated from Texas City High School in 1972. After that, he attended East Texas Baptist College for one semester. However, he realized that the college route was not for him, and decided to join the workforce.
After working various jobs, including construction and retail, he fell upon The Daily Sun. “We actually went to church with the publisher of the newspaper,” Mr. Day told me. “And my mom was talking to his wife, who told us that there was an opening in advertising.” After some initial hesitation, Mr. Day decided to take the job. That year was 1977. “In October it’s going to be 40 years since I joined the newspaper industry,” Day said.
After working at The Daily Sun for a few years, he was approached to work at the Galveston Daily News—now the Galveston County Daily News. After working with that company for several years, he moved to work at a newspaper in Victoria. After working in Victoria for a year, he moved back to the Daily News, before circumstances out of his control caused him to have to leave the job.
However, while Mr. Day was holding these various newspaper jobs, owning a paper was always in the back of his mind. And when the opportunity arose, he took it—opening The Post Newspaper in 2003. I asked him how the paper has changed over the years. “Since Hart came on board a few months ago, my vision of being a hyperlocal, community newspaper is finally being brought to fruition.” “We are reaching our main goal of covering all local and positive news.”
Mr. Day is married to Ginny and has one son, Justin, who is a former police officer, is now a teacher at Dickinson High School. He is also the grandfather of two beautiful little girls. His family has visited The Post several times and I am able to witness the caring way he interacts with his young granddaughters. He treats everyone he comes in contact with—whether it be family, friend, Post staff or Post clients and readers—with that same care. That is what helps The Post stand out from the other papers. Mr. Day is the type of person to put his whole heart into something, and that translates into his vision of local and positive news.