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.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev at his sentencing on June 24, 2015. (Sketch credit Jane Rosenberg)

NightSide – Food Stamps For ISIS

BOSTON (CBS) – It was reported earlier this week that a former Maine resident who was in the process of becoming radicalized was receiving welfare benefits from the state. Adnan Fazeli, despite receiving food stamps […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–08/19/2016

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NightSide – WBZ Cares: The Genesis Foundation

BOSTON (CSB) – Every month, WBZ Radio spotlights a charitable organization as part of our ongoing “WBZ Cares” series. This month, we take a look at The Genesis Foundation. Founded in 1982 by the late […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–08/19/2016

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NightSide – Was It Ransom After All?

BOSTON (CBS) – The four hundred million dollars that the U.S. sent to Iran, supposedly as part of the settlement of a decades-long dispute, was in fact contingent on Iran’s release of four U.S. prisoners. […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–08/19/2016

Joe Biden

NightSide – Joe Biden Out Of Line

BOSTON (CBS)- Vice President Joe Biden has begun campaigning for Hillary Clinton. In a recent campaign stop, the sitting VP actually said that had his son been called to war by President Trump, he would […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–08/18/2016

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NightSide – Could Obama Pull Off A Police Takeover?

BOSTON (CBS) – With all of the calls for police reform and accountability, some have suggested that there should be federal regulations and monitoring of state and local police departments to make sure everyone is […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–08/18/2016

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NightSide – Fire Department Forced To Remove Flags

BOSTON (CBS) – The Arlington Fire District in Poughkeepsie, New York was forced to get rid of American flags that were displayed on three of the trucks used by the department after the Arlington Board […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–08/18/2016

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NightSide – Should Police Be Forced To Wear Body Cameras?

BOSTON (CBS) – The body camera program for Boston police officers was supposed to be on a volunteer basis. But so far not a single officer has stepped forward and volunteered for the pilot program. […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–08/17/2016

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NightSide – Donald Trump Takes To The Prompter

BOSTON (CBS) – Donald Trump gave his second major scripted speech in as many weeks yesterday, this time turning his attention to ISIS and the foreign policy of the United States. Throughout the speech he […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–08/17/2016

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NightSide – Trump Talks ISIS

BOSTON (CBS) – Donald Trump took to the teleprompter again today in an effort to stabilize his recent dip in the polls after a tumultuous couple of weeks on the campaign trail. Today’s speech focused […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–08/16/2016

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NightSide – Faith In Politics

BOSTON (CBS) – For many people, their faith plays a major role in their moral values and the decisions they make. Right now, our nation is grappling over how much we should allow faith to […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–08/16/2016



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