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 – Mayor Walsh Is In Studio

BOSTON (CBS) – Boston Mayor Marty Walsh stops by for his monthly visit to talk with Dan and to take your calls! Dan and the Mayor will discuss ICE detention requests, how the city handled […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–01/12/2017

President Barack Obama waves goodbye at the conclusion of a news conference on Dec. 16, 2016. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

NightSide – One More Speech For President Obama

BOSTON (CBS) – President Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States, will deliver his farewell address tonight from Chicago, starting at 9pm. Dan begins NightSide by previewing what he expects and hopes to […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–01/11/2017

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NightSide – Meryl Streep’s Not-So-Golden Speech

BOSTON (CBS) – Meryl Streep became the focal point of last night’s Golden Globes awards show when she used her acceptance speech as a chance to slam President-elect Donald Trump, along with football and MMA. […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–01/10/2017


NightSide – A Discussion On Alternative Healing

BOSTON (CBS) – Medical science has made extraordinary progress just in the last fifty years alone. But sometimes, traditional medicine can only go so far. What do you do when the normal, typical approach isn’t […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–01/10/2017

President Barack Obama waves goodbye at the conclusion of a news conference on Dec. 16, 2016. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

NightSide – Obama To Deliver Farewell Speech

BOSTON (CBS) – After eight years, President Obama will be stepping down in just over a week. Tomorrow night, he will deliver his farewell address to the nation. With our country more divided than ever, […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–01/10/2017

Donald Trump speaks during the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) 2016 Policy Conference (Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

NightSide Weekend Commentary – Support for Israel

BOSTON (CBS) – In this Weekend Commentary, Dan Rea shares his support for Israel, unlike a U.S. President he could name. Originally aired January 8th, 2017.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–01/08/2017

The numerals '17' are lit up in Times Square ahead of the New Year's Eve celebration in Times Square in New York City. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

NightSide Weekend Commentary – How’s The New Year Resolution?

BOSTON (CBS) – Dan Rea wonders in this Weekend Commentary, how is your New Year’s resolution holding up? Originally aired January 7th, 2017.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–01/07/2017

Police officers inside Terminal 2 after shooting at Ft. Lauderdale airport (WBZ-TV)

NightSide – Another Tragedy

BOSTON (CBS) – In yet another tragedy, five were killed and more injured in a shooting in a Fort Lauderdale airport. Dan discusses all that happened today, the implications to come and what needs to […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–01/06/2017


NightSide – Sheriff Tom Hodgson in Studio

BOSTON (CBS) – Bristol County Sheriff Tom Hodgson joins the show tonight after making headlines for offering up the services of a handful of inmates under his watch. Under the supervision of a guard, Sheriff […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–01/06/2017

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NightSide – What is Wrong With Some People?

BOSTON (CBS) – It’s a difficult subject, but an important one that must be discussed. A while with disabilities was kidnapped in Chicago and tortured by four thugs who are charged with hate crimes. The […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–01/06/2017



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