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 – ‘Communism for Kids’!?

BOSTON (CBS) – MIT Press has published a book, “Communism for Kids” and its author is propagating the virtues of communism under the right leaders. Tonight’s guest is Ben Weingarten. He is the founder and […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–04/18/2017

NightSide – Are MA Background Checks on Uber/Lyft Drivers too Strict?

BOSTON (CBS) – Over 8,200 Massachusetts drivers have been rejected to drive for ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft after a state-run background check recently. This has caused a backlash amongst drivers that for instance […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–04/18/2017

NightSide – NightSide’s Ambassador to England

BOSTON (CBS) – Meet Peter White, NightSide’s Ambassador to England.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–04/17/2017

NightSide Weekend Commentary – Freedom of Religion

BOSTON (CBS) – In this weekend commentary, Dan Rea says Freedom to worship is an important freedom, not to be taken for granted. Originally aired April 16th, 2017.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–04/16/2017

NightSide Weekend Commentary – UMASS Boston

BOSTON (CBS) – In this weekend commentary, Dan Rea doesn’t want the Chancellor of UMASS Boston to be bumped from the position. Originally aired April 15th, 2017.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–04/15/2017

NightSide – Callers’ Choice

BOSTON (CBS) – Call in with the topics at the front of your mind and be heard! Your choice, your call. Be a part of NightSide nation with your chosen topics! Originally broadcast April 14th, […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–04/15/2017

NightSide – Are You Happy with the Big Bomb Blast?

BOSTON (CBS) – “The Mother of All Bombs” was dropped yesterday in Afghanistan and reportedly killed 36 ISIS militants. The Trump administration has made their military presence felt and did so with the largest non-nuclear […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–04/15/2017

NightSide – Aaron Hernandez Found Not Guilty

BOSTON (CBS) – Former Patriots player, Aaron Hernandez was acquitted on two charges of first degree murder. However, Hernandez was found guilty for unlawful possession of a firearm and received 4 – 5 years for […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–04/15/2017

NightSide – Should Trump Go Through Congress Before Using Force?

BOSTON (CBS) – Last week, President Trump authorized an airstrike in Syria in response to a chemical weapon attack. We’ve also seen U.S. ships being sent towards North Korea, and earlier today, the U.S. dropped […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–04/14/2017

NightSide – Steve Grossman on Improving Inner Cities

BOSTON (CBS) – Steve Grossman is the former Massachusetts State Treasurer, and the former chairman of the Democratic National Committee. But what has he been up to since he left the world of politics? Steve […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–04/14/2017



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