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 Weekend Commentary – Potty Emergency

BOSTON (CBS) – In this Weekend Commentary, Dan Rea says there are people who want to kills us, yet we fret over who is using what restroom. Originally broadcast May 15t, 2016.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–05/15/2016

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NightSide Weekend Commentary – 50th Class Reunion

BOSTON (CBS) – In this Weekend Commentary, Dan Rea says he enjoyed his class reunion. Originally aired May 14th, 2016.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–05/14/2016

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NightSide – Happy Friday The 13th

BOSTON (CBS) Today is Friday the 13th, the second we’ve seen in as many months. With thoughts about luck, fears, and superstitions on our minds, we want to hear from you! What silly superstitions do […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–05/14/2016

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NightSide – Old Advertisements Too Offensive Now?

BOSTON (CBS) – Dan takes a look at some old advertisements from yesteryear that may have been suitable then but would never fly today. Have you noticed a change in your advertisements? Less cigarette ads? […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–05/14/2016

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NightSide – Transgender Bathroom Guidance

BOSTON (CBS) – The Obama administration issued a guidance today for all public schools to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms matching their gender identity. Along with bathroom issues, the guidance also touches on […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–05/13/2016

Officer swarm in to arrest the driver in a high speed chase. (WBZ-TV)

NightSide – Car Chase Arrest Caught On Tape

BOSTON (CBS) – Richard Simone led police on an hour long car chase after refusing to pull over for the authorities in Holden, Massachusetts. When he was finally apprehended in New Hampshire, multiple news choppers […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–05/13/2016

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NightSide – The Fight For Transgender Rights Goes On

BOSTON (CBS) – Anti-discrimination legislation aimed at protecting the transgender community was easily passed in the Massachusetts Senate today, and the bill will now head to the House of Representatives where it is also expected […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–05/12/2016

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NightSide – Answering Your Questions About Zika Virus

BOSTON (CBS) – You have probably heard about the Zika virus in recent months, as health officials from all over the world have been studying this most recent outbreak in an effort to control the […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–05/12/2016

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NightSide – Could Conservative Women Decide 2016?

BOSTON (CBS) – One of the most consistent criticisms of Donald Trump as a presidential candidate is that he doesn’t poll well with women voters. But will the polls prove to be accurate, or could […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–05/12/2016

A car crashed into the Macy's store at the Silver City Galleria (Image from Karen Price)

NightSide – Tragedy In Taunton

BOSTON (CBS) – According to Bristol County D.A. Thomas Quinn, Arthur DaRosa went on a rampage in Taunton last night that began with multiple attempts to break into homes and car-jack a number of drivers. […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–05/11/2016



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