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 Miranda Decision – Fifty Years Later

BOSTON (CBS) – You can probably recite most if not all of it by heart. “You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–09/21/2016

US Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

NightSide – Should Johnson And Stein Be At The Debate?

BOSTON (CBS) – A week from tonight, the nation will watch as Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump faceoff in the first of three presidential debates. While the Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson and the Green […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–09/20/2016

(Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

NightSide – Should We Be Worried About Zika

BOSTON (CBS) – There always seems to be some sort of disease in the headlines. But how worrisome is the Zika virus, and should the U.S. be doing more to fight it? Dr. Daniel Kuritzkes, […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–09/20/2016

Suspected NY/NJ bomber Ahmad Khan Rahami was wounded in a shootout with police in Linden, NJ, Sept. 19, 2016 (Image credit: WABC-TV via CNN)

NightSide – The Latest On A Weekend Of Terrorism

BOSTON (CBS) – There were multiple terrorist attacks over the weekend, the most damaging an explosion in New York City that resulted in twenty-nine people being injured. Across the country, a man dressed as a […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–09/20/2016

File Image (Photo by Jordan Silverman/Getty Images)

NightSide Weekend Commentary – Segregation Returns

BOSTON (CBS) – A college will allow students to segregate themselves in the school’s dorms. Originally aired September 17th, 2016.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–09/18/2016

Hillary Clinton at the Democratic National Convention on July 28, 2016 in Philadelphia. (Photo credit SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

NightSide Weekend Comment – Basket Of Deplorables

BOSTON (CBS) If Hillary loses, it would be her own fault says Dan Rea. Originally aired September 17th, 2016.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–09/17/2016


NightSide – Bo and Bill Winiker in Studio

BOSTON (CBS) – Long time fixtures in the Boston social scene, Bo and Bill Winiker, join NightSide tonight to talk music. Originally broadcast September 17th, 2016. Then, we talk Dancing! Do you dance? And what […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–09/17/2016

President Obama's long form birth certificate (AP Photo)

NightSide – Birther Controversy, Again?

BOSTON (CBS) – Donald Trump declared that President Barack Obama was born in the United States, trying to put an end to the year-old birther controversy. Why was this said today? Was this a topic […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–09/17/2016


NightSide – Heather Abbott in Studio

BOSTON (CBS) – Boston Marathon bombing survivor Heather Abbott will be in studio tonight to discuss her journey since that day and the foundation she has founded since. Originally broadcast September 17th, 2016.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–09/17/2016

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NightSide – An Eye On North Korea

BOSTON (CBS) – North Korea caught some international attention last week when they conducted another underground nuclear test. But what does this latest test mean in the big picture? Is North Korea expanding their nuclear […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–09/16/2016



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