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 – 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

David Ortiz tips his cap after the Cleveland Indians defeated the Boston Red Sox 4-3 in game three of the American League Divison Series. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

NightSide Weekend Comment – End Of Red Sox Season

BOSTON (CBS) – It’s a sad week for Dan Rea as the Red Sox are out of the playoffs, ruining his autumn. But, there is a silver lining. Originally aired October 15th, 2016.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–10/15/2016


NightSide – The Metric System

BOSTON (CBS) – Remember the push for the metric system? Some still want the United States to go metric. We have Brent Maynard in studio to make the case to try again. Are we fine […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–10/14/2016

Clown at Barrett's Haunted Mansion in Abington (WBZ-TV)

NightSide – PC Police VS. Halloween

BOSTON (CBS) – The University of Florida has told students who feel offended by Halloween costumes to report the matter to a response team in a memo recently sent out. The school has also told […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–10/14/2016

Hillary Clinton at the Democratic National Convention on July 28, 2016 in Philadelphia. (Photo credit SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

NightSide – More Wikileaks

BOSTON (CBS) – Another set of Clinton emails have been leaked that told us more about information that was withheld, different plans and more secrets. Do you go through and read all of the Wikileaks? […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–10/14/2016

(Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

NightSide – The Tragic Effects Of Illegal Immigration

BOSTON (CBS) – Our country is currently struggling to deal with an extremely broken immigration system and the resulting side effects. Sadly, some of these side effects can be devastating. Tonight, we’ll hear from four […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–10/13/2016

Donald Trump gave an immigration policy speech in Phoenix on Wednesday night. (WBZ-TV)

NightSide – Trump Tackles Tough Allegations

BOSTON (CBS) – Yesterday, multiple women came forward to accuse Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump of sexually assaulting them at some point in the past. The allegations mirrored some of the same behaviors Trump described […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–10/13/2016



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