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.

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NightSide – Dr. John Lott Discusses Guns in America

BOSTON (CBS) – The President of the Crime Prevention Research Center and author Dr. John Lott joins NightSide tonight. Dr. Lott is an expert in concealed handgun laws, so he will weigh in on the […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–06/17/2016

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NightSide – Yale English Class “Too White”?

BOSTON (CBS) – An anonymous petition is circulating around Yale that is calling for the class “Major English Poets” to be “de-colonized”. The petition claims that the class, which covers writers like Shakespeare and Chaucer, […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–06/17/2016

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NightSide – A Look At The Shadow Fund

BOSTON (CBS) – As part of a new series titled “WBZ Cares”, WBZ News Radio will feature a different charity each month. We are kicking off the series with the official NightSide charity, The Shadow […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–06/16/2016

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NightSide – Coping With Aging

BOSTON (CBS) – Nobody likes getting older, but as the saying goes, “it’s better than the alternative.” We don’t often talk about the challenges we are faced with as we approach old age, but tonight […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–06/16/2016

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NightSide – Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner

BOSTON (CBS) – A new Rasmussen poll found that while voters would rather have a beer with Donald Trump than Hillary Clinton, they are evenly split when asked who they would rather invite into their […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–06/16/2016

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NightSide – Are Leaf Blowers Too Loud?

BOSTON (CBS) – Newton is considering a proposal that would ban leaf blowers during the summer months, set a limit of one leaf blower for every 10,000 square feet, and reemphasize enforcement of noise ordinances. […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–06/16/2016

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NightSide – Wednesdays With Walsh

BOSTON (CBS) – Boston Mayor Marty Walsh is back from his trip to China, and he joins Dan in the NightSide studio to talk about how it went and to take your calls. While the […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–06/15/2016


NightSide – Hillary

BOSTON (CBS) – Dan and the rest of the NightSide staff are very excited to bring you a special surprise guest tonight at 10pm. Our guest is currently in the middle of a very large […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–06/15/2016

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NightSide – Does It Matter What We Call It?

BOSTON (CBS) – It wasn’t long after the news of the Orlando shooting broke that politicians began weighing in on both sides. Donald Trump lashed out at President Obama and presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–06/15/2016

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NightSide – Lessons My Father Taught Me

BOSTON (CBS) – Michael Reagan is the son of former President Ronald Reagan. His new book, “Lessons My Father Taught Me”, explores his father’s legacy, the life lessons he received while growing up, and how […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–06/14/2016



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