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.


NightSide – Hillary

BOSTON (CBS) – Dan and the rest of the NightSide staff are very excited to bring you a special surprise guest tonight at 10pm. Our guest is currently in the middle of a very large […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–08/19/2015

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NightSide – John Sununu Checks In

BOSTON (CBS) – New Hampshire Governor John Sununu is in studio to take a look at all that’s going on with the Presidential race and to let you know what he thinks of certain candidates. […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–08/18/2015

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NightSide – Target Goes Gender-Neutral

BOSTON (CBS) – Target is making headlines for a recent decision to make the kids sections of their stores more gender-neutral. The chain will be getting rid of gender-specific signage, as well as blue and […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–08/17/2015

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NightSide – Another Look At Taxis Vs. Uber

BOSTON (CBS) – The battle between taxi drivers and ride sharing programs like Uber and Lyft boiled over last week, when cab drivers went on a one day strike in an effort to draw attention […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–08/17/2015

Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera. (Photo credit: Bernice Corpuz-WBZ NewsRadio 1030)

NightSide – Lawrence Mayor Speaks Out Against Sanctuary Cities

BOSTON (CBS) – Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera has been very vocal about his opposition to turning Lawrence into a sanctuary city. But he says he will not veto the decision by the Lawrence City Council […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–08/17/2015

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NightSide Weekend Commentary – Iran Nuclear Deal Is A Bad Deal

BOSTON (CBS) – In this Weekend Commentary, Dan Rea says the Iran Nuclear Deal will not end well for Israel or us. Originally aired August 16th, 2015.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–08/16/2015

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NightSide Weekend Commentary – Bringing Back Internment Camps

BOSTON (CBS) – In this Weekend Commentary, Dan Rea exposes a dumb idea. Originally aired August 15th, 2015.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–08/15/2015

Mayor Walsh on NightSide

NightSide – Wednesdays With Walsh

BOSTON (CBS) – Boston Mayor Marty Walsh stops by tonight for his monthly visit with Dan and the rest of NightSide Nation. Joining him in studio will be Brian Golden, Director of the Boston Redevelopment […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–08/13/2015

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NightSide – Attorney Alan Dershowitz Discusses The Iran Deal

BOSTON (CBS) – Noted attorney Alan Dershowitz joins NightSide to talk about the issues that he sees with the potential nuclear deal between the U.S. and Iran. Where do you stand on the deal with […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–08/12/2015

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NightSide – Saving Lives On The Golden Gate Bridge

BOSTON (CBS) – About twice a month on average, someone who feels they have lost all hope and reason to live will journey to the Golden Gate Bridge and commit suicide by jumping off and […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–08/11/2015