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.

Bill and Bo Winiker

NightSide – Bo And Bill Winiker Are In Studio

BOSTON (CBS) – Officially dubbed “Boston’s House Band” by the Boston Globe, Bill and Bo Winiker have been playing weddings, big events and parties in the Boston area for years and years. They sat down […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–11/17/2014

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NightSide Weekend Commentary – The Most Transparent Administration

BOSTON (CBS) – In this Weekend Commentary, Dan Rea wonders what happened to the most transparent administration. Originally aired November 16th, 2014.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–11/16/2014

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NightSide Weekend Commentary – Congratulations To Dan Rea’s Brother

BOSTON (CBS) – In this Weekend Commentary, Dan Rea congratulates his brother, who has recently retired. Originally aired November 15th, 2014.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–11/15/2014

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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 1030–11/14/2014

Alan Dershowitz Book

NightSide – Attorney Alan Dershowitz Checks In

BOSTON (CBS) – Alan Dershowitz is one of the most respected legal minds in the country. He joins NightSide to talk about the clash between Israel and Hamas, his thoughts on Harvard’s new sexual harassment […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–11/10/2014

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NightSide – School Lunches

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WBZ NewsRadio 1030–11/10/2014

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NightSide Weekend Commentary – Glen Doherty’s Family Needs Congress To Step Up

BOSTON (CBS) – In this Weekend Commentary, Dan Rea says all the talk of “bipartisanship” means nothing if Republicans and Democrats can’t get together and allow Glen Doherty’s family to collect on an insurance policy. […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–11/10/2014

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NightSide Weekend Commentary – What Should The GOP Do?

BOSTON (CBS) – Now with some big wins this past Tuesday’s election, what should the GOP do? In this Weekend Commentary, Dan Rea has a few suggestions. Originally aired November 8th, 2014.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–11/08/2014

Evan Falchuk

NightSide – Evan Falchuk’s Post Election Interview

BOSTON (CBS) – In the extremely tight race to be the next governor of Massachusetts, Evan Falchuk came in third with just over seventy thousand votes. Falchuk is more closely aligned politically with runner up […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–11/07/2014

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NightSide – Jim Roosevelt Is In Studio

BOSTON (CBS) – Jim Roosevelt is the President and CEO of Tufts Health Plan. He sits down with Dan to talk about last night’s results, and how it could affect healthcare moving forward. Tune in […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–11/06/2014




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