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 – Comcast Reps Are In Studio

BOSTON (CBS) – Comcast has a reputation of having lackluster customer service. But tonight, two Comcast executives join Dan in the NightSide studio to talk about new features and programs, offer tips and advice for […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–11/29/2016

Ralph Terry

NightSide Weekend Commentary – Right Down The Middle

BOSTON (CBS) – In this Weekend Commentary, Dan Rea has a holiday gift suggestion.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–11/27/2016

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NightSide Weekend Commentary – Thanksgiving Fight

BOSTON (CBS) – So how did that Thanksgiving dinner go? Dan Rea asks if it was civil this year in this Weekend Commentary.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–11/26/2016

Jill Stein is the Green Party candidate for president.

NightSide – Jill Stein Requests Recount

BOSTON (CBS) Can this election get any more stranger? With unpredictability at an all time high, Jill Stein has raised enough money to challenge the election votes in three states. Could this flip the win […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–11/25/2016

President-elect Donald Trump walks through the lobby of the New York Times on November 22, 2016. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

NightSide – The Trump Transition

BOSTON (CBS) – As President Elect Trump starts to fill his cabinet, Tim takes a closer look at his choices thus far and who he believes should be given a role. Should Mitt Romney be […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–11/25/2016

Wal-Mart shoppers hunting for Black Friday deals. (Photo credit FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

NightSide – Black Friday

BOSTON (CBS) Are you looking for the ultimate deal? Did you camp out for days to be first in line? Call in and tell Tim Cahill what you are hoping to buy. Originally broadcast November […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–11/24/2016

Plimoth Plantation (Photo courtesy: Bernie Murphy)

NightSide – Richard Pickering is in Studio

BOSTON (CBS) – Deputy Executive Director of the Plymouth Plantation Richard Pickering is in studio to talk about Thanksgiving traditions, the Pilgrims, life and culture in the 17th century, Thanksgivukkah and much more! Call in […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–11/24/2016


NightSide – Politics at the Table

BOSTON (CBS) – After this month’s election, did politics find its way into your Thanksgiving dinner? Did anyone in the family try to talk about the election at the table? Did your family outlaw talking […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–11/24/2016


NightSide – Reach Out To The Other Side

BOSTON (CBS) – By day, Kelle Sutliff is a typical mom from Andover, Massachusetts. But along with her normal routine, she often finds herself communicating with the other side! Kelle has learned to use her […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–11/24/2016

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NightSide – A Non-Citizen’s Arrest

BOSTON (CBS) – The Denver Sheriff Department is being forced to pay a fine for violating the Immigration and Nationality Act during a year-long hiring spree from early 2015 to March 2016. During that time, […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–11/24/2016



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