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 – Update on the Hernandez Trial

BOSTON (CBS) – The double murder trial of former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez is well underway. Attorneys Phil Tracy and William Kickham join Dan in studio to talk about what has gone on so […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–20 hours ago

NightSide – Kicking off the Massachusetts Senate Race!

BOSTON (CBS) – U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren has been a polarizing figure, to say the least. After defeating former Senator Scott Brown in a contentious campaign, Warren quickly became one of the more vocal leaders […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–20 hours ago

NightSide – No Vote on Healthcare

BOSTON (CBS) – The House was expected to vote on the GOP healthcare bill today, but the vote has now been postponed until tomorrow.  It is unclear whether the Republican Party has enough votes to […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–20 hours ago

NightSide – Is North Korea a Serious Threat?

BOSTON (CBS) – North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un has, in the words of our President, “been acting very, very badly.” The scolding came after the dictator tested a new rocket engine over the weekend, […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–03/23/2017

NightSide – Waging War

BOSTON (CBS) – Our founders were very careful when establishing our government not to give too much power to the executive branch. As a result, the authority to go to war was specifically delegated to […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–03/23/2017

NightSide – Terror In London

BOSTON (CBS) – A terror attack rocked London today, as a man with a knife mowed down pedestrians in his car and then stabbed a police officer in front of Parliament. At least four were […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–03/23/2017

NightSide – Trump’s New Ban

BOSTON (CBS) – President Trump has taken a lot of heat from the media and human rights advocates over both versions of his travel ban, with many on the left calling it a Muslim ban […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–03/22/2017

NightSide – Previewing the GOP Healthcare Vote

BOSTON (CBS) – The Republican party tweaked its healthcare legislation today in an effort to appease some of the more hardline conservatives who have expressed reservations over the bill. It is still unclear whether the […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–03/22/2017

NightSide – Quincy Mayor Tom Koch on Sanctuary Cities

BOSTON (CBS) – Quincy Mayor Tom Koch saw the sanctuary city debate play out firsthand, as earlier this month the Quincy City Council voted down a proposal that would have studied whether the city should […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–03/22/2017

NightSide – Stop Kremlin-Baiting

BOSTON (CBS) – Stephen Cohen, professor emeritus of Russian Studies at Princeton University and New York University, believes that all of the talk about Russia is extremely harmful to the U.S. and undermines our credibility […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–03/21/2017


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