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.

Protest at University of Missouri (WBZ-TV)

NightSide Weekend Commentary – Freedom of Speech Only For Some

BOSTON (CBS) In this Weekend Commentary, Dan Rea says college students today don’t seems to have a grasp on what the first amendment of the U.S. Constitution really means. Originally aired November 28th, 2015.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–13 hours ago

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NightSide – Is Clinical Hypnosis Right For You?

BOSTON (CBS) – Paul Gustafson is a certified clinical hypnotist, and he has helped patients with a wide variety of issues. With treatment options for everything from pain management, to insomnia, to weight loss, to […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–11/24/2015

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Nightside – Cambridge City Councilor Nadeem Mazen Is In Studio

BOSTON (CBS) – Nadeem Mazen, the first Muslim to hold an elected public office in Massachusetts, was just reelected this year as a Cambridge City Councilor. He has some strong opinions about the global fight […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–11/24/2015

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NightSide – Do We Drive Too Much?

BOSTON (CBS) – A new report published by MASSPIRG, the Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group, claims that a mere one percent reduction in the amount we drive would save the state twenty billion dollars over […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–11/23/2015

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NightSide – Is President Obama “Lawless”?

BOSTON (CBS) – President Obama’s second term has been filled with Executive Orders, aimed at accomplishing his political agenda while also bypassing the permanent gridlock that is Congress. But has the President overstepped his authority? […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–11/23/2015

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NightSide – Checking In With Mother Olga

BOSTON (CBS) – The Syrian refugee crisis has sparked a major debate about the role the United States should play on the global stage, and whether possible safety concerns override any moral compulsion to help. […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–11/23/2015


NightSide Weekend Commentary – Happy Thanksgiving

BOSTON (CBS) – It’s Dan Rea’s favorite holiday; Thanksgiving! Originally aired November 22nd, 2015.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–11/22/2015

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NightSide Weekend Commentary – Putin on the Ritz

BOSTON (CBS) – In this Weekend Commentary, Dan Rea says although Russian President Vladimir Putin is a bad guy, he may be our best ally to defeat ISIS. Originally broadcast November 21st, 2015.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–11/21/2015

Protest at University of Missouri (WBZ-TV)

NightSide – Too Much PC at Colleges?

BOSTON (CBS) – With protests and accusations at colleges across the country, the Boston Globe’s Alex Beam joins Tim to discuss how these issues may have been dealt with in a different era. Are these […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–11/20/2015

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NightSide – Terror Attacks Claim Life Of MA Teen

BOSTON (CBS) Fill in host Tim Cahill shares his thoughts on recent terror attacks, and the attack that claimed the life of MA teen Ezra Schwartz. Originally broadcast November 20th, 2015.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–11/20/2015


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