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.


NightSide – Patriot Legend Steve Grogan Is In Studio

BOSTON (CBS)- Former New England Patriot quarterback Steve Grogan played his entire career with the franchise. Grogan was inducted to the Patriots Hall of Fame in 1995, and was elected to the club’s All Decade […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–13 hours ago


NightSide – Happy Monday

BOSTON (CBS) – According to some, today is “Blue Monday”. Well, Dan says there are plenty of things to be happy about! Originally broadcast January 16th, 2017.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–01/17/2017

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NightSide – Are We Forgetting The Legacy Of Martin Luther King, Jr.?

BOSTON (CBS) – As history and civics receive less and less time and attention in our schools, some worry that the legacy of American heroes like Martin Luther King, Jr. will be forgotten. Jamie Gass, […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–01/17/2017

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NightSide – Blue Lives Matter

BOSTON (CBS) – Randy Sutton, a retired police officer, is the spokesman for Blue Lives Matter. Blue Lives Matter was created as a response to the Black Lives Matter movement, and fights for law enforcement […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–01/17/2017

President Barack Obama waves goodbye at the conclusion of a news conference on Dec. 16, 2016. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

NightSide – President Obama Slams Talk Radio

BOSTON (CBS) – As our nation discusses the concepts of “fake news” and media bias, President Obama joined Steve Kroft on 60 Minutes last night to reflect on his presidency and the state of our […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–01/17/2017

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NightSide Weekend Commentary – Meryl Streep’s Steep Speech Seeps Deep

BOSTON (CBS) – In this weekend comment, Dan Rea says actress Meryl Streep went a bit too far. Originally aired January 15th, 2017.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–01/15/2017

President-elect Donald Trump speaks at a news conference at Trump Tower on January 11, 2017 in New York City.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

NightSide Weekend Commentary – Friday: President Donald Trump

BOSTON (CBS) – In this weekend comment, Dan Rea says Donald Trump will be President on Friday, no matter what. Originally aired January 14th, 2017.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–01/14/2017

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NightSide – Medium Kari Young

BOSTON (CBS) – Psychic Kari Young joins the show tonight! Originally broadcast January 13th, 2017. http://www.goingbeyondhere.com/ Part 1: Part 2:

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–01/14/2017

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NightSide – Bo Knows

BOSTON (CBS) – Former two-sport athlete, Bo Jackson, said in an interview with USA Today, “If I knew back then what I know now, I would have never played football. Never. I wish I had […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–01/14/2017

Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

NightSide – Investigating Comey

BOSTON (CBS) – The Justice Department’s inspector general, Michael E. Horowitz, will review actions that James Comey took that Hillary Clinton and many of her supporters believe cost her the election. Are you in favor […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–01/14/2017


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