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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.

HAVANA  - MAY 14: Cuban President Fidel Castro gives a speech in front of the U.S. Interest Section May 14, 2004 in Havana. Castro led a massive protest march against new U.S. moves aimed at speeding the end of his communist rule, and raised the prospect of a feared U.S. invasion. (Photo by Jorge Rey/Getty Images)

NightSide Weekend Commentary – Fidel Castro Dies

BOSTON (CBS) – In this Weekend Commentary, Dan Rea says the evils of Castro will live on through history. Originally broadcast December 4th 2016.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–3 hours ago

Judge Robert Rosenberg uses a magnifying glass to examine a dimpled chad on a punch card ballot November 24, 2000 during a vote recount in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo by Robert King/Newsmakers)

NightSide Weekend Commentary – Recounting Hopes

BOSTON (CBS) Dan Rea is wondering why there is a recount request by Jill Stein. Originally broadcast December 3rd, 2016.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–12/03/2016

Elizabeth Warren endorses Scott Brown for Veteran Affairs secretary. (WBZ-TV)

NightSide – Senator Warren Endorses Scott Brown

BOSTON (CBS) – In a strange turn of events, Senator Elizabeth Warren has endorsed her former political adversary Scott Brown for the Secretary of Veterans Affairs position in President-elect Donald Trump’s administration. Brown has met […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–12/02/2016

(Photo by J.D. Pooley/Getty Images)

NightSide – Voter Fraud In New Hampshire

BOSTON (CBS) – With all of the talk of recounts in the Rust Belt, there has not been much coverage of potential voter fraud in other states. But some, including President-elect Trump and former Senator […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–12/01/2016


NightSide – Ask A Lawyer

BOSTON (CBS) – WBZ Call for Action, the Massachusetts Bar Association, and NightSide are teaming up once again for our annual Ask A Lawyer feature! Tonight, Dan will be joined in the NightSide studio by […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–12/01/2016

Nancy Pelosi and Irwin Corey

NightSide – What Will The Future Hold For The Democrats?

BOSTON (CBS) – Tomorrow, Democrats will hold a secret ballot vote to determine whether Nancy Pelosi will hold onto her party leadership role in the House. Congressman Stephen Lynch made news last night when he […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–11/30/2016


NightSide – Secretary Of Veterans’ Services In Studio

BOSTON (CBS) – Francisco Urena has been the Secretary of Veterans’ Services here in Massachusetts since February 2015. Tonight he sits down with Dan in the NightSide studio to talk about what’s going well and […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–11/30/2016

(Photo credit BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

NightSide – Hampshire College Story Goes National

BOSTON (CBS) – Perhaps unsurprisingly, Hampshire College’s decision not to fly the American flag on campus has sparked controversy and made headlines across the country. The decision was made in the hopes that it would […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–11/30/2016

Jill Stein is the Green Party candidate for president.

NightSide – Is The Rust Belt Recount A Waste Of Time?

BOSTON (CBS) – Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein has been a driving force in raising the money and filing the paperwork necessary to have a recount conducted in three of the swing states in […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–11/29/2016


NightSide – Comcast Reps Are In Studio

BOSTON (CBS) – Comcast has a reputation of having lackluster customer service. But tonight, two Comcast executives join Dan in the NightSide studio to talk about new features and programs, offer tips and advice for […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–11/29/2016


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