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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.

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NightSide – Do College Presidents Make Too Much Money?

BOSTON (CBS) – There has been a lot of conversation in recent years over the ever-increasing cost of a college education and how to help relieve the burden of student loan debt. But the debate […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–04/26/2016

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NightSide – Brady’s Suspension Reinstated

BOSTON (CBS) – Yesterday, an appeals court found that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell acted within his rights when he suspended Patriots quarterback Tom Brady for four games in an effort to protect “the integrity of […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–04/26/2016

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NightSide – Election Season In Milton

BOSTON (CBS) – What happens when a former Police Chief runs for Town Selectman? A pretty intriguing race has developed in one Boston suburb. Former Milton Police Chief Richard Wells is currently a candidate for […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–04/26/2016

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NightSide – Representative Jim McGovern In Studio

BOSTON (CBS) – The 10-term Congressman visits the NightSide Studio to discuss his recent trip to Cuba, foreign policy, international politics and the 2016 Presidential campaign. Originally broadcast April 25th, 2016.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–04/26/2016

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NightSide – Should Felons Be Allowed To Vote?

BOSTON (CBS) – Massachusetts is one of 14 states (and the District of Columbia) which allows convicted felons to vote upon their release from prison. Virginia moved closer to joining the Bay State last Friday […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–04/25/2016

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NightSide Weekend Commentary – Saturday Night Live Not So Funny

BOSTON (CBS) – In this Weekend Commentary, Dan Rea who usually likes SNL, says an unfunny sketch goes too far. Originally aired April 24th, 2016.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–04/24/2016

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NightSide Weekend Commentary – 28 Pages

BOSTON (CBS) – In this Weekend Comment, Dan Rea says it’s well past time the public see 28 pages of a 9/11 report. Originally aired April 23rd, 2016.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–04/23/2016

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NightSide – Six Secrets To A Happy Retirement

BOSTON (CBS) – The novel of the same name has helped guide thousands of people into their golden years. One of the book’s key chapters “Social Security And Retirement Planning” was authored by Kurt Czarnowski. […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–04/22/2016

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NightSide – Climate Change: Threat Or Nature?

BOSTON (CBS) – Today is Earth Day and leaders from more than 150 nations gathered at U.N. headquarters in New York to sign a historic climate change deal which aims to reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions. […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–04/22/2016


NightSide – Eye On Health

BOSTON (CBS) – Dr. Bradford Shingleton is an industry-leading ophthalmologist, with particular expertise in the cataract / glaucoma field. The Harvard Medical School graduate also possesses a wealth of knowledge about a wide range of […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–04/21/2016



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