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 Weekend Commentary – Guilty Until Proven Innocent?

BOSTON (CBS) – In this Weekend Commentary, Dan Rea looks at the case of Fred Witchell. Originally aired October 22nd, 2016.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–17 hours ago

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump during third presidential debate (Drew Angerer & Win McNamee/Getty Images)

NightSide – Your Debate Reactions

BOSTON (CBS) – Last night the nation watched as Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump debated for the third and final time. The major headline was Donald Trump refusing to agree that he would accept the […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–10/20/2016


NightSide – Talk The Vote 2016

BOSTON (CBS) – Dan and the NightSide crew are on the road and broadcasting live from Union Point in South Weymouth! Dan will be joined by State Representative Geoff Diehl and State Senator Sal DiDomenico […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–10/20/2016

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump during third presidential debate (Drew Angerer & Win McNamee/Getty Images)

NightSide – Clinton Vs. Trump – Round 3

BOSTON (CBS) – Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump will take the stage for the third and final presidential debate before voters cast their ballots on November 8th. It has […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–10/20/2016


NightSide – A Debate On Question 3

BOSTON (CBS) – As we get closer and closer to Election Day on November 8th, we’ve taken some time here on NightSide to highlight the ballot questions facing Massachusetts, along with the national issues being […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–10/19/2016

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump during the Presidential Debate at Hofstra University on September 26, 2016 in Hempstead, New York.  (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

NightSide – Is The Media Trying To Influence The Election?

BOSTON (CBS) – Donald Trump has made media bias a focal point of his campaign over the last couple of weeks. While he has complained about unfair treatment by media outlets throughout the campaign, his […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–10/19/2016


NightSide – Will Religion Affect The Election Results?

BOSTON (CBS) – Yesterday, Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine appeared with Martha Raddatz on ABC’s This Week, and was asked to apologize for the anti-Catholic rhetoric the Clinton campaign has used. Rather than apologize […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–10/18/2016


NightSide – A Medical Take On Marijuana

BOSTON (CBS) – Last week, NightSide brought you a debate between the two sides of Question 4 (whether Massachusetts will legalize recreational marijuana). Tonight, we’ll talk to a doctor about the potential medical effects of […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–10/18/2016

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NightSide – How The Clintons Devastated Haiti

BOSTON (CBS) – Human rights attorney Ezili Dantò has dedicated herself to correcting the media lies and colonial narratives about Haiti. Many believe that the Clinton Foundation has done a lot of great work helping […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–10/17/2016

Richard Gardner. (Image credit: Mass. Sex Offender Registry)

NightSide Weekend Comment – A Sex Offender Moves in

BOSTON (CBS) In this Weekend Commentary, Dan Rea discusses a level 3 sex offender moving into a neighborhood filled with children. Originally broadcast October 16th, 2016. Since recorded, there has been an update to the […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–10/16/2016


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