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.

Mayor Walsh

NightSide – Boston Mayor Marty Walsh Is Here For Wednesdays With Walsh

BOSTON (CBS) – Boston Mayor Marty Walsh joins Dan in studio for his monthly appearance on NightSide. One day removed from his State of the City address, he has lots to talk about with you […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–01/14/2015

Taxes, 1040, Forms, Papers

NightSide – Tax Help From CPA Mark Misselbeck

BOSTON (CBS) – Nobody wants to get ripped off, especially by the federal government. But if you’re not up on all the latest tax tips and tricks, you might be leaving some serious money on […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–01/14/2015

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NightSide – Olympics in Boston? United Independent Party Leader Evan Falchuk Is In Studio.

BOSTON (CBS) – With the U.S. Olympic committee choosing Boston as the American bidder for the 2024 Summer Olympics last week, we take our first look at all angles of the possible Boston summer games. […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–01/13/2015

A Look At The Green Monster

NightSide – Ex-Red Sox Bernie Carbo and Bill Lee and Museum Curator Richard Johnson

Honoring the 1975 American League Champs

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–01/12/2015

WBZ Studio Mic 625

NightSide Weekend Commentary – Wednesdays With Walsh

BOSTON (CBS) – UPDATE – Charlie Baker will not be with us this Wednesday, but Boston Mayor Marty Walsh will be for Wednesdays With Walsh. We will reschedule an appearance by both Governor and Boston […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–01/11/2015

WBZ Studio Mic 625

NightSide Weekend Commentary – Honoring Sen. Edward Brooke

BOSTON (CBS) – In this Weekend Commentary, Dan Rea looks at the career of former MA senator Edward Brooke. Originally aired January 10th, 2015.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–01/10/2015

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NightSide – Joel Feldman Wants To End Distracted Driving

Joel Feldman tragically lost his daughter when she was killed by a distracted driver.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–01/08/2015

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NightSide – Jim Roosevelt Discusses Health Care

Jim Roosevelt is the CEO of Tufts Health Plan

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–01/07/2015

John Casey Book

NightSide – John Casey, Author Of “Dark Winter” Checks In

BOSTON (CBS) – John Casey believes that not only is global warming a hoax, but that we have entered a thirty year cooling phase caused by a change in sun activity. Casey, president of the […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–01/06/2015

dog

NightSide – Monica Collins Discusses Losing A Pet

BOSTON (CBS) – In today’s world, many pet owners consider their furry friends a full-fledged part of the family. So when a dog, cat, or other animal companion passes away, it can be a tough […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–01/05/2015

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