Dan Rea

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Dan 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.

Loretta Lynch. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

NightSide – Bad Optics Or Something More Sinister

BOSTON (CBS) – Attorney General Loretta Lynch was seen meeting privately with former President Bill Clinton on Tuesday when they crossed paths at an airport in Phoenix. The AG says the two talked about grandchildren […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–16 hours ago

Dr Bradford Shingleton

NightSide – Taking A Look At Eye Health

BOSTON (CBS) – Sometimes it’s easy to take sight for granted. But there are a number of issues that can develop and negatively affect our eyes. Dr. Bradford Shingleton is an expert in cataract, glaucoma, […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–18 hours ago

Richard Sullivan

NightSide – Safety On The T

BOSTON (CBS) – Public transit has always been a target for groups like ISIS and other terrorist organizations. So how can we keep MBTA trains and buses safe in today’s tumultuous world? Richard Sullivan is […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–18 hours ago

Security checkpoint at Logan Airport (WBZ-TV)

NightSide – Airport Security

BOSTON (CBS) – The attack in Istanbul will happen over here, and experts say it’s not a question of if, but when. Should we have tighter security? How much will you put up with? Originally […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–06/30/2016

Stephen Lynch

NightSide – Congressman Lynch Is In Studio

BOSTON (CBS) – Congressman Lynch is an expert on the Middle East and foreign relations, and he joins Dan in studio to talk about the current situation both here at home and abroad. Are we […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–06/30/2016

Deane Waldman Book

NightSide – How To Cure Our Healthcare Problems

BOSTON (CBS) – Dr. Deane Waldman, author of The Cancer in the American Healthcare System, practiced pediatric cardiology for more than three decades. Now serving as Consumer Advocate on the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–06/29/2016

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh

NightSide – Wednesdays With Walsh – 6/29/16

BOSTON (CBS) – Boston Mayor Marty Walsh joins Dan in the NightSide studio to talk about the ongoing controversy at Boston Latin School. Two administrators have resigned amid allegations of racial discrimination at the school, […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–06/29/2016

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NightSide – Pharmacies

BOSTON (CBS) – The U.S. Supreme court refused to hear a case about pharmacies not distributing “the day after” pill based on religious beliefs. Originally broadcast June 28th, 2016.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–06/29/2016

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NightSide – Do Blue Lives Matter?

BOSTON (CBS) – After a handful of high profile deaths at the hands of police officers in recent years, there has been a strong anti-cop sentiment in both the media and online. The Black Lives […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–06/28/2016

Passengers leave the Turkey's largest airport, Istanbul Ataturk after the suicide bomb attacks as ambulances enter to the site, June 28, 2016, Turkey. (Photo by Gokhan Tan/Getty Images)

NightSide – Another Airport Attack

BOSTON (CBS) – Three terrorists carried out a suicide attack at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, Turkey earlier today, killing at least twenty-eight people and wounding at least sixty. Details about the attack are still emerging, […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–06/28/2016


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