Dan Rea

420x316 grad rea1 Dan ReaDan 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 – Law Students Protest, Fail To Study

BOSTON (CBS) – In this Weekend Commentary, Dan Rea says some law students should study, rather than protest grand jury decisions. Originally aired December 20th, 2014.

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NightSide – Our Annual College Admissions Show

BOSTON (CBS) – Applying to college can be a daunting process. With so many applicants, it’s difficult to make sure you stand out from the crowd. Every year, NightSide takes some time to discuss the […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–12/19/2014


NightSide – Are We Getting Taken For A Ride?

BOSTON (CBS) – The debate between Uber drivers and taxi drivers continues to play out as cities across the country struggle to adapt to the new technology.  But is there something more sinister at play […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–12/18/2014

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NightSide – Joe Andrews And The Art Of Coin Collecting

BOSTON (CBS) -Joe Andrews has been collecting coins for fifty years.  He sits down with Dan in studio to talk about the hobby he fell in love with, and all the information someone looking to […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–12/18/2014

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NightSide – John Farrell Checks In

BOSTON (CBS) – Red Sox manager John Farrell checks in with NightSide Nation to talk about the tumultuous offseason, and to look ahead to spring training and the upcoming 2015 MLB season.  Pitchers and catchers […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–12/18/2014

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NightSide – Would You Travel To North Korea? John Massaro Has.

BOSTON (CBS) – John Massaro wants to take you!  John believes that North Korea has gotten a bad reputation as a travel destination, and offers guided tours of the country to students and adults who […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–12/17/2014


NightSide – Dr. Jim McKiernan Is NightSide’s Pet Vet

BOSTON (CBS) – Dr. Jim McKiernan, owner of the Great Bay Animal Hospital and the official NightSide Pet Vet, sits down with Dan to take your calls and answer your questions.  With the holidays coming […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–12/15/2014

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NightSide – Glenn Carle On The CIA

BOSTON (CBS) – The Senate report on CIA interrogation techniques that was released yesterday has split the country over its contents.  The essential question that drives this debate is simple.  Should the United States torture […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–12/15/2014

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NightSide Weekend Commentary – A Menorah At Boston Public Library

BOSTON (CBS) – In this Weekend Commentary, Dan Rea says there should be a Menorah at the Boston Public Library. Originally aired Sunday December 14th, 2014.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–12/14/2014

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NightSide Weekend Commentary – Grand Juries

BOSTON (CBS) – In this Weekend Commentary, Dan Rea wonders if we should get rid of grand juries. Originally aired December 13th, 2014.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–12/13/2014



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