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.

Sketch Credit: Jane Rosenberg

NightSide Weekend Commentary – A Hail Mary?

BOSTON (CBS) – In this Weekend Commentary, Dan Rea doesn’t think a witness in the penalty phase of Dzhokhar Tarnaev’s trail should take the stand. Originally aired May 10th, 2015.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–05/10/2015

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NightSide Weekend Commentary – No Free Operation For Convicted Killer

BOSTON (CBS) – In this Weekend Commentary, Dan Rea says there’s no free sex change operation for Michelle Kosilek. The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear her appeal. Originally aired May 9th, 2015.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–05/09/2015

Peter Schweizer Book

NightSide – Peter Schweizer, Author Of “Clinton Cash”

BOSTON (CSB) – Lots of attention has been paid to Hillary Clinton and the money coming into both her Clinton Foundation and her family’s personal portfolio. There have been allegations of a conflict of interest […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–05/08/2015

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NightSide – Blues Artist James Montgomery Is In Studio

BOSTON (CBS) – Blues artist James Montgomery joins Dan in studio talk about his career in music and his upcoming album “James Montgomery – Live at the Larcom” Originally broadcast May 6th, 2015.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–05/07/2015

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NightSide – End Of Life Conversation

BOSTON (CBS) – It’s certainly not a fun or easy discussion to have, and it’s one we usually avoid. But having an end of life conversation with loved ones can save so much heartache and […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–05/06/2015

Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson (Photo by Kim Tunnicliffe)

NightSide – Sheriff Hodgson Stops By

BOSTON (CBS) – Sheriff Hodgson has made a name for himself with his open, honest approach. No matter what the topic, you know the Sheriff will tell you what he thinks without the political jargon […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–05/05/2015

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NightSide – Baltimore University School Of Law Professor David Jaros Discusses Charges In Freddie Gray’s Death

BOSTON (CBS) – In a surprise press conference, Baltimore’s chief prosecutor announced that Freddie Gray’s death has been ruled a homicide, and that charges will be brought against the six officers involved in his arrest. […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–05/05/2015

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NightSide – To Ink Or Not To Ink

BOSTON (CBS) – Tattoos can be a powerful means of cultural, religious, or personal expression. They can also be a lifetime souvenir from one wild night that got out of hand. The permanent nature of […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–05/04/2015

Protesters gather in Boston (Photo from Ken MacLeod/WBZ)

NightSide – Boston Stands With Baltimore

BOSTON (CBS) – Protestors took to the streets in Boston, in a show of solidarity with the protestors down in Baltimore that have been demonstrating since the death of Freddie Gray. Reverend Eugene Rivers was […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–05/04/2015

Hillary Clinton. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

NightSide Weekend Commentary – A New Book On Hillary Clinton

BOSTON (CBS) In this Weekend Commentary, Dan Rea wonders if a new book will derail the Clinton For President train. Originally aired May 3rd, 2015.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–05/03/2015