Dan Rea

420x316 grad rea1 Dan ReaDan Rea, a veteran Boston television journalist, is the Host of NightSide on WBZ NewsRadio 1030 every weeknight from 8:00pm to midnight.

In November of 2010, Dan was honored with the prestigious Yankee Quill Award by the Academy of New England Journalists and the New England Society of Newspaper Editors. This distinguished award is considered to be the highest individual honor awarded by fellow journalists in New England.

NightSide focuses on a wide variety of issues, political, economic and social. Rea believes that talk radio is the best way for people to communicate their opinions and ideas on what he calls “North America’s Virtual Back Porch”. Rea encourages challenging conversations and diverse ideas combined with respect and tolerance for the opinion of others. But don’t think for a moment that NightSide is anything but provocative, always interesting and at times, passionate and emotional.

Dan Rea is a native Bostonian, educated at the Boston Latin School, Boston State College and Boston University School of Law. Dan spent thirty-one years as an on-air television reporter at WBZ Radio’s sister television station, WBZ-TV, the CBS affiliate in Boston.

While working as a general assignment, investigative and political reporter at WBZ-TV, Rea won many awards, including two Regional Emmys and nine Regional Emmy Nominations. His reporting took Rea across America and to Europe several times to follow stories involving New Englanders. Rea has interviewed every American President since Gerald R. Ford.

Rea considers his most important work in television a fifteen year crusade that helped gain freedom for Joe Salvati, a Boston man wrongfully convicted for a 1965 murder of which Salvati was completely innocent. Rea exposed corruption within the Boston office of the F.B.I., whose agents conspired with a disgraced federal informant to wrongfully, intentionally and maliciously convict Salvati and three other innocent men. The men and their families were awarded over $ 101,000,000 by Federal District Court Judge Nancy Gertner on July 26, 2007, a day during which Rea concluded his career at WBZ-TV with a series of day-long on air reports.

Rea is the recipient of many distinguished awards including the First Annual Excellence in Journalism Award from the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Silver Shingle Award for Public Service from Boston University School of Law and the Silver Circle Award for Lifetime Achievement from the New England Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

In addition to Rea’s Juris Doctor from Boston University Law School in 1974, Rea recently received Honorary Doctorate Degrees from the University of Massachusetts Boston and from the Massachusetts School of Law. Rea has been an active member of the Massachusetts Bar since 1974 and is admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, in the Federal District Court of Massachusetts and before the United States Supreme Court.

In May of 2001, Rea was honored by the My One Wish Foundation for his work with various charities including the New England Center for Children (childhood autism center) and has served on the boards of several charities during his public life including the Samaritans (a suicide prevention organization from 1979 to 1994), the Pike Institute on Law and Disability at Boston University School of Law and the Massachusetts Vision Coalition (formerly Prevent Blindness Massachusetts).

Rea has written op-ed articles for the Boston Globe, the Washington Post and Newsweek Magazine. He was the subject of a children’s book, “A Day in the Life of a Television news Reporter” published by Little Brown and appeared in the Oscar-nominated film, “Reversal of Fortune”, which chronicled the celebrated trial of Rhode Island socialite Claus Von Bulow.

Rea and his wife Jeanne, are the proud parents of a son, Daniel III, and a daughter Catherine Florence.

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NightSide – Is There A Racial Double Standard?

BOSTON (CBS) – GQ magazine has made some headlines with a recent post entitled “F— Ben Carson.” The piece slams the GOP candidate for promoting stupid, hateful views despite the fact that he is an […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–28 mins ago


NightSide – State Auditor Suzanne Bump On DCF Reforms

BOSTON (CBS) – Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker recently announced major reforms to the Department of Children and Families. The embattled agency has been in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons over the past few […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–1 hour ago

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NightSide – Looking At Patrick Kennedy’s Thoughts About Addiction

BOSTON (CBS) – Former Congressman Patrick Kennedy appeared in an emotional interview on 60 Minutes this past Sunday. He talked openly about his own problems with addiction, as well as the struggles of other family […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–2 hours ago

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NightSide – The NightSide Pet Vet Stops By

BOSTON (CBS) – Dr. Jim McKiernan, owner of the Great Bay Animal Hospital and the official NightSide Pet Vet is in studio to take your calls and answer your questions. With summer in the rearview […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–10/08/2015

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NightSide – Is UC-Berkeley Skirting The Law?

BOSTON (CBS) – The University of California – Berkeley is pioneering a new program called the African-American Initiative. The school calls the program, “a comprehensive effort to address the underrepresentation of African American students, faculty, […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–10/08/2015

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NightSide – John Rosenthal Talks Gun Control

BOSTON (CBS) – The nation was once again shocked by a tragic mass shooting last week at a community college in Oregon. That same day, both gun control advocates and gun rights advocates began crying […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–10/07/2015

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NightSide – Would You Want To Know If Your Pilot Died?

BOSTON (CBS) – American Airlines pilot Captain Michael Johnston sadly passed away on Monday during a flight from Phoenix to Boston. The plane was rerouted to Syracuse, New York, where the co-pilot managed to safely […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–10/07/2015

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NightSide – Attorney Alan Dershowitz On The Iran Deal

BOSTON (CBS) – Noted legal scholar and analyst Alan Dershowitz has some strong opinions about the nuclear deal with Iran. Dershowitz spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after his address to the U.N., and […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–10/06/2015

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NightSide – New Alcohol Tax For Boston

BOSTON – (CBS) Boston City Council President Bill Linehan and City Councilor Frank Baker have proposed a new alcohol tax for Boston, with the profits to go towards funding recovery and treatment programs for addiction. […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–10/06/2015

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NightSide – The Benefits Of School Vouchers

BOSTON (CBS) – School choice is a hot topic that tends to invite some serious, passionate debate. We all want our children to have the best education possible, but not everyone agrees on how to […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–10/05/2015