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.

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NightSide – Seattle Protests Turn Ugly

BOSTON (CBS) – Every year, May Day brings protests to the city of Seattle, as well as other cities around the world. The protests are generally anti-capitalism with a focus on workers’ rights. This year, […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–12 hours ago

Michael Hayden Book

NightSide – General Hayden On Intelligence

BOSTON (CBS) – General Michael Hayden is the former Director of both the NSA and the CIA. Author of the new book, Playing to the Edge: American Intelligence in the Age of Terror, General Hayden […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–14 hours ago

Allison Warmuth's scooter underneath the duck boat after the crash April 30, 2016. (WBZ-TV)

NightSide – Are Duck Boats Too Dangerous?

BOSTON (CBS) – A young woman was killed this weekend after her scooter was run over by a Duck Boat, an amphibious vehicle that offers tours of Boston. Philadelphia attorney Robert Mongeluzzi has been fighting […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–15 hours ago

Tom Brady (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

NightSide Weekend Commentary – Inflating Deflategate Gets Deflated When Inflated Scandal Won’t Deflate

BOSTON (CBS) – It’s been quite a week for Tom Brady and Patriots fans. Originally broadcast May 1st, 2016.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–05/01/2016

Rendering of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum (Photo courtesy: 9/11 Memorial/Facebook)

NightSide Weekend Commentary – Knucklehead Of The Year

BOSTON (CBS) In this Weekend Commentary, Dan Rea awards the Knucklehead of the Year to a security guard at the 9/11 memorial. Originally aired April 30th, 2016.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–04/30/2016

WBZ Look-Alike Day

NightSide – Brushes with Celebrity

BOSTON (CBS) – We’ve all had them. A famous athlete was the guest marshall at your company golf tournament. Was that the Hollywood actress shopping on Newbury Street? Maybe you bumped into Dan Rea in […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–04/30/2016

Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, Jason Bonham and John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin on October 9, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)

NightSide – Dazed and Confused?

BOSTON (CBS) – Led Zeppelin is in court fighting for the song rights of the classic song “Stairway to Heaven” and have been given some plea options. The band has been accused of plagiarism in […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–04/29/2016

Rep Emanuel Cleaver

NightSide – Missouri Congressman Emanuel Cleaver Shares His Thoughts On Trump Protestors

BOSTON (CBS) – With the arrival of Donald Trump in California, we’ve seen two days of protesting. Missouri Congressman Emanuel Cleaver joins the show to discuss what’s happened since Trump has touched down. Is this […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–04/29/2016

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NightSide – Your Dreams Interpreted

BOSTON (CBS) – Recurring dreams can be pleasant or scary, but either way often leave us scratching our heads as we try to decipher what they could mean about our lives or our thoughts. Dr. […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–04/29/2016

Dan McDonald

NightSide – Fighting The Scourge Of Homelessness

BOSTON (CBS) – Dan McDonald is a Tampa Bay Police Officer with a very specific assignment. He is the department’s first homeless liaison, and spends all of his time on the clock trying to help […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–04/28/2016


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