Dan Rea

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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.

NightSide – The Latest on the NFL Anthem Protests

BOSTON (CBS) – It’s the story that just won’t let up. Vice President Pence made headlines last week for leaving the Colts game early, and President Trump has called for players to get “off the […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–10/14/2017

NightSide – Salem Mayor Talks New Initiative

BOSTON (CBS) – The city of Salem has recently announced an initiative that allows people to help homelessness by texting a monetary donation rather than giving money directly to panhandlers. The funding will go to […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–10/14/2017

NightSide – Changing ObamaCare

BOSTON (CBS) – President Trump this week signed an executive order that could result in dramatic changes to the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare). The actions ordered by the President might force Democrats and Republicans in […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–10/14/2017

NightSide – Should You Need a License to Have Kids?

BOSTON (CBS) – To own and operate certain vehicles, like a car or plane, you need to get a license. In order to work in certain professions or to get married, you need to get […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–10/13/2017

NightSide – Does Boston Need More Liquor Licenses?

BOSTON (CBS) – For restaurants in the city of Boston, liquor licenses are a highly coveted commodity. But the hefty price tag that comes with one of the city’s 1,110 licenses has made it almost […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–10/13/2017

NightSide – Should the President Have the Authority to Launch?

BOSTON (CBS) – Since nuclear weapons first became a part of the United States’ arsenal in the 1940’s, the President has had the singular authority to authorize a nuclear strike. But as reports emerge that […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–10/13/2017

NightSide – The Left’s Real War on Women

BOSTON (CBS) – Democrats have used the phrase “War on Women” to describe Republican policies for years. But despite those on the left claiming that they are the enlightened, tolerant crowd, evidence to the contrary […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–10/12/2017

NightSide – The True Concerns of Nuclear War

BOSTON (CBS) – Dr. Helen Caldicott has dedicated her life to speaking out against nuclear power and nuclear weapons. For more than forty years, she has traveled the world advocating for grassroots action to address […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–10/12/2017

NightSide – Boy Scouts to Accept Girls

BOSTON (CBS) – The Boy Scouts of America made headlines today with their announcement that the organization will begin accepting girls who would like to join as well as boys. The major policy shift has […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–10/12/2017

NightSide – Showdown with the Secretary of State

BOSTON (CBS) – President Trump has spent the last week going back and forth with his Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, after NBC News published a story last week that claimed Tillerson had called the […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–10/11/2017



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