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 – Trump Takes Center Stage

BOSTON (CBS) – President Trump held a press conference this afternoon that was supposed to be about infrastructure. But when the President opened the floor up to questions, reporters wanted to focus on the weekend […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–22 hours ago

NightSide – Tales From Police Blotters

BOSTON (CBS) – Emily Sweeney is a reporter for The Boston Globe, and writes the regular column “Blotter Tales”. Tonight, she joins Dan in the NightSide studio to talk about some of the more noteworthy […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–22 hours ago

NightSide – Free Speech Rally Planned For Boston

BOSTON (CBS) – Boston Mayor Marty Walsh is facing a tough situation after the “Unite the Right” rally in Virginia took such a violent turn this weekend. Boston Common is supposed to be the site […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–08/15/2017

NightSide – Could Homeschooling Work For You?

BOSTON (CBS) – Bill Heuer and his wife Loretta homeschooled their two sons from birth through high school. Now, Bill serves on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Home Learning Association, and travels around […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–08/15/2017

NightSide Weekend Commentary – Baltimore Murders

BOSTON (CBS) Boston has it’s issues, but not at the same scope as Baltimore.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–08/13/2017

NightSide Weekend Commentary – Plugging the Leaks Goes Too Far?

BOSTON (CBS) – In this weekend commentary, Dan Rea says there’s an easy way to find the leakers, if the Attorney General looks in the right place.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–08/12/2017

NightSide – New England’s Ghost Hunter Is In Studio

BOSTON (CBS) – Tom D’Agostino is an author of eleven published books on ghosts of New England. His passion on this subject is exemplified by his dedicated research and investigations that spans 35 years. He […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–08/12/2017

NightSide – Author Alex Ryvchin Checks In

BOSTON (CBS) – Australian writer and lawyer Alex Ryvchin joins Dan to talk about his latest book “The Anti-Israel Agenda.” They will discuss the Arab-Israeli conflict and Alex’s views of a political assault towards Israel. […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–08/12/2017

Gym, Treadmill, Jogging

NightSide – A Gym Owner On Why He Bans Cops

BOSTON (CBS) – EAV Barbell Club in Atlanta bans police and active military members from membership. Owner Jim Chambers joins Dan to discuss his very outspoken, controversial beliefs and decision, which has garnered both support […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–08/12/2017

NightSide – The WBZ Car Guys Take Your Calls

BOSTON (CBS) – Summer is here, and with the sun and the heat generally comes a lot of extra driving. Whether you have a long road trip or some shorter day trips planned for the […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–08/11/2017


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