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.

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

NightSide – Clinton Cash

BOSTON (CBS) – Author Peter Schweizer joins the program to discuss his new book Clinton Cash and all that he found out about the Clinton’s foundation. The book investigates the donations made to the Clinton […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–08/13/2016

Jim the Cab Driver

NightSide – Taxi’s vs Ubers

BOSTON (CBS) – We take a look into the ongoing battle between taxis and ride sharing apps. Jim in the Cab joins the show to give us all the updates from the side of the […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–08/13/2016

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NightSide – NightSide’s First In Studio Adoption

BOSTON (CBS) – Tonight we have a very special segment made possible by the dedication of NightSide listeners and the power of WBZ’s broadcast signal. Dan McDonald, a Tampa Bay Police Officer and a loyal […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–08/12/2016

Dr. Jill Stein. (WBZ-TV)

NightSide – Jill Stein Checks In

BOSTON (CBS) – The presidential race has boiled down to the two most disliked major party nominees we’ve ever seen. With such dissatisfaction over the major party candidates, could this be the year a third […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–08/12/2016

Terrence Cunningham

NightSide – Improving Relations Between Police And The Community

BOSTON (CBS) – Law enforcement officers have always had a tough job protecting us and keeping us safe. But as our country becomes more racially polarized, and more hateful rhetoric is hurled at police officers, […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–08/12/2016

Hillary Clinton (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) and Donald Trump. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

NightSide – Trump, Clinton, Or Do-Over?

BOSTON (CBS) – Over the last couple of days, the 2016 presidential race has gotten even more troubling for those trying to figure out who to vote for come November. Voters were already faced with […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–08/11/2016

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh

NightSide – Wednesdays With Walsh

BOSTON (CBS) – Boston Mayor Marty Walsh stops by the NightSide studio for his monthly appearance with Dan! Mayor Walsh will talk about the 2016 presidential race, the Newbury Street pedestrian experiment, police body cameras, […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–08/11/2016


NightSide – Tribute to Kevin Gosnell

BOSTON (CBS) – It’s a sad day for NightSide Nation. Kevin Gosnell, a loyal listener had contracted ALS, started an organization called ASLONE, a charity to put an end to ALS. He passed away on […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–08/10/2016

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NightSide – The Secrets of Coin Collecting

BOSTON (CBS) – Joe Andrews has been collecting coins all of his life. An expert on rare and valuable coins, Joe talks with Dan about collecting coins as a hobby and also for profit. Do […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–08/10/2016

Donald Trump rallies supporters in Windham, New Hampshire (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images)

NightSide – A New Trump

BOSTON (CBS) – Yesterday’s in Detroit, Donald Trump ignored protesters and stayed poised to deliver his economic speech. Trump was interrupted 14 times by protesters, he ignored them and continued his speech at every turn. […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–08/10/2016



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