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 – Michelle Carter Found Guilty

BOSTON (CBS) – In a controversial and landmark case, Michelle Carter was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the suicide of Conrad Roy, her then boyfriend. Beyond the debate of her heinous disregard for human […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–06/17/2017

NightSide – Back To Politics As Usual

BOSTON (CBS) – The Washington Post published a story yesterday that claims President Trump is now under investigation for obstruction of justice, according to five unnamed sources. There are also reports that former Attorney General […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–06/16/2017

NightSide – WBZ Cares – Home for Little Wanderers

BOSTON (CBS) – Every month, WBZ Radio features a local charitable organization as part of our ongoing series WBZ Cares. This month, we’re talking with folks from the Home for Little Wanderers, the country’s oldest […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–06/16/2017

NightSide – The Golden Age of Boston Television

BOSTON (CBS) – Terry Ann Knopf, longtime television critic and writer for a number of Boston area publications, has released a new book called “The Golden Age of Boston Television”. In it, Knopf takes a […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–06/16/2017

NightSide – Shots Fired, Congressman Hit

BOSTON (CBS) – Many have expressed concern in recent years over the escalating political rhetoric on both sides of the aisle. Today, that anger boiled over, and a gunman shot at a number of Republican […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–06/15/2017

NightSide – Wednesdays with Walsh

BOSTON (CBS) – Today is the second Wednesday of June, which means it’s time for our monthly segment Wednesdays with Walsh! Boston Mayor Marty Walsh joins Dan in studio to check in with NightSide Nation […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–06/15/2017

NightSide – The Case For More Guns

BOSTON (CBS) – Sheriff Wayne Ivey, of Brevard County, Florida, has gotten a wide range of reactions to his recent comments that in order to protect themselves from possible terrorist attacks, more people should own […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–06/14/2017

NightSide – Now It’s Sessions’ Turn

BOSTON (CBS) – Attorney General Jeff Sessions testified today for the Senate Intelligence Committee, the same committee that heard testimony from former FBI Director James Comey last week. The Attorney General stated throughout the hearing […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–06/14/2017

NightSide – NYC Play Shows Trump Assassination

BOSTON (CBS) – The always-popular Shakespeare in the Park series out of New York City is making national headlines this year with its production of Julius Caesar. The play, which obviously features the assassination of […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–06/13/2017

NightSide – Could We Be Next?

BOSTON (CBS) – Former NYC Police Commissioner William Bratton said during a recent interview that terror attacks like the ones in Paris and London are “the new normal”, and that it is only a matter […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–06/13/2017



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