Dan Rea

420x316 grad rea1 Dan ReaDan 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 – The 4 Ballot Questions

BOSTON (CBS) – In this Weekend Commentary, Dan Rea reviews the 4 ballot questions, and explains why he’s going to vote the way he’s going to vote. Originally aired November 2nd, 2014.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–11/02/2014

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NightSide Weekend Commentary – Question 1

BOSTON (CBS) – In this Weekend Commentary, Dan Rea takes a look at Massachusetts ballot question 1. Originally aired November 1st, 2014.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–11/01/2014

Mayor Tom Menino on NightSide with Dan Rea. (Photo from Peter Casey)

NightSide – Boston’s Treasure; Mayor Tom Menino

Remembering Mayor Thomas M. Menino

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–10/30/2014


NightSide – Talk The Vote At Endicott College

BOSTON (CBS) – Dan and the NightSide crew head to the North Shore for a conversation with the two candidates running in the 6th District Congressional race. Richard Tisei and Seth Moulton will talk with […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–10/30/2014

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NightSide – John Chapman Is In Studio

BOSTON (CBS) – In what has become a much closer race than many anticipated, John Chapman makes a final push to try to topple incumbent Congressman Bill Keating in the 9th District. Congressman Keating was […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–10/29/2014

Marcy Reed, President of National Grid in Massachusetts

NightSide – Marcy Reed Explains Huge Spike In Power Costs

BOSTON (CBS) – Marcy Reed, President of National Grid, joins Dan in studio to talk about the upcoming price rate increase for electricity. Tune in to hear Reed explain why the increase is happening and […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–10/29/2014


NightSide – Talk The Vote At Fisher College

BOSTON (CBS) – We’ve got six of the candidates running for constitutional offices on stage! Only NightSide puts you directly in touch with the candidates hoping to get your vote. Tune in to hear from […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–10/28/2014

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NightSide – Toronto Sun Columnist Tarek Fatah Checks In With NightSide

Terrorism North Of The Border

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–10/27/2014

Car repair

NightSide – The WBZ Car Doctors Are Here

BOSTON (CBS) – Larry and Scott Rubenstein have been popular WBZ guests for many years. Tonight they’re in studio to talk with Dan about general car maintenance, how to keep your vehicle in good shape, […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–10/27/2014

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NightSide Weekend Commentary – Question 2

BOSTON (CBS) – In this Weekend Commentary, Dan Rea looks at Question 2, the expansion of the bottle bill. Originally broadcast October 26th, 2014.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–10/26/2014




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