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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.

Ted Cruz speaks at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, on July 20, 2016.  (Photo credit TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

NightSide – Senator Cruz Refuses To Endorse Trump

BOSTON (CBS) – Senator Ted Cruz, who became Donald Trump’s biggest rival in the second half of the primary season, spoke last night at the Republican National Convention. But instead of endorsing Donald Trump, Cruz […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–07/22/2016

Kim McCarthy and Mario Olivera

NightSide – Concerns Of Police Survivors

BOSTON (CBS) – Kim McCarthy lost her husband, Medfield Police Sgt. Daniel McCarthy, in 2000 when he was killed by a pick-up truck during a traffic detail. She is now the president of the New […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–07/20/2016

(Photos by John Moore/Getty Images and Rhona Wise/AFP/Getty Images)

NightSide – Do You Talk Politics With Friends?

BOSTON (CBS) – This campaign has been a very heated one, and with the conventions happening this week and next, it’s only going to get more intense between now and November. With both sides making […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–07/20/2016

Donald Trump. (Photo credit JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images)

NightSide – Is Trump The End Of The GOP As We Know It?

BOSTON (CBS) – John Daniel Davidson, contributor for The Federalist, joins NightSide to talk about the GOP convention and how Trump has changed the Republican Party. Do you think Trump’s candidacy has permanently changed the […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–07/20/2016

Larry Tye Book

NightSide – Bobby Kennedy: The Making Of A Liberal Icon

BOSTON (CBS) – Author and former Boston Globe reporter Larry Tye’s new book is a profile of Robert Kennedy, former Attorney General, U.S. Senator, and presidential candidate. Tye joins NightSide to talk about the book […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–07/19/2016

Melania Trump speaks at RNC (WBZ-TV)

NightSide – Did Melania Trump Plagiarize Michelle Obama?

BOSTON (CBS) – Donald Trump’s wife Melania took center stage last night as the keynote speaker of the first night of the Republican convention. Her speech was initially very well received, with audience members and […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–07/19/2016

Donald Trump. (Photo credit  TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

NightSide – Is Donald Trump Becoming A More Polished Candidate?

BOSTON (CBS) – Donald Trump sat down with his newly-named running mate Indiana Governor Mike Pence for an extended interview on 60 Minutes last night, and answered a number of tough questions. Did you watch […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–07/19/2016

Donald Trump. (Photo credit JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images)

NightSide – Does Donald Trump’s Immigration Plan Go Too Far?

BOSTON (CBS) – One of the most extreme positions Donald Trump has taken in this campaign has been his proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States. Last night, in an interview with 60 […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–07/19/2016

Baton Rouge Police officers patrol Airline Hwy after 3 police officers were killed early this morning on July 17, 2016 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. According to reports, one suspect has been killed while others are still being sought by police. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

NightSide – Three Law Enforcement Officers Killed In Baton Rouge

BOSTON (CBS) – Yesterday, two police officers and one sheriff’s deputy were killed in an ambush in Baton Rouge. The attack comes just over a week after a video showing Alton Sterling being shot and […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–07/18/2016


NightSide Weekend Commentary – Cameras On Police

BOSTON (CBS) – In this Weekend Commentary, Dan Rea supports the idea of body cameras on police officers. Originally aired July 17th, 2016.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–07/17/2016



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