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.

Clown at Barrett's Haunted Mansion in Abington (WBZ-TV)

NightSide – PC Police VS. Halloween

BOSTON (CBS) – The University of Florida has told students who feel offended by Halloween costumes to report the matter to a response team in a memo recently sent out. The school has also told […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–10/14/2016

Hillary Clinton at the Democratic National Convention on July 28, 2016 in Philadelphia. (Photo credit SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

NightSide – More Wikileaks

BOSTON (CBS) – Another set of Clinton emails have been leaked that told us more about information that was withheld, different plans and more secrets. Do you go through and read all of the Wikileaks? […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–10/14/2016

(Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

NightSide – The Tragic Effects Of Illegal Immigration

BOSTON (CBS) – Our country is currently struggling to deal with an extremely broken immigration system and the resulting side effects. Sadly, some of these side effects can be devastating. Tonight, we’ll hear from four […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–10/13/2016

Donald Trump gave an immigration policy speech in Phoenix on Wednesday night. (WBZ-TV)

NightSide – Trump Tackles Tough Allegations

BOSTON (CBS) – Yesterday, multiple women came forward to accuse Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump of sexually assaulting them at some point in the past. The allegations mirrored some of the same behaviors Trump described […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–10/13/2016

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton on stage during their second debate Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016. (Christian Gooden/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/TNS via Getty Images)

NightSide – Whose Ship Is Sinking Faster?

BOSTON (CBS) – Donald Trump’s campaign has been reeling since the 2005 tape of him using offensive language was released last Friday. But over the last couple of days, thousands of emails from Hillary Clinton […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–10/12/2016


NightSide – Mayor Walsh And Congressman Lynch In Studio

BOSTON (CBS) – It’s the second Wednesday of the month, which means Boston Mayor Marty Walsh joins Dan in the NightSide studio to take your calls and answer your questions! This month, Mayor Walsh will […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–10/12/2016

Taxes and Health Care

NightSide – Where Does Your Money Go?

BOSTON (CBS) – Eileen McAnneny is president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. She sits down with Dan tonight to talk about how Massachusetts spends the taxpayers’ money, and how the state could be more efficient. […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–10/11/2016


NightSide – Not In Our Neighborhood

BOSTON (CBS) – Richard Gardner, a Level 3 sex offender, was released from prison last week and moved back into his family’s house in Weymouth. Gardner, who is forty-nine years old, was convicted of kidnapping […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–10/11/2016

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton on stage during their second debate Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016. (Christian Gooden/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/TNS via Getty Images)

NightSide – A Great Debate?

BOSTON (CBS) – Donald Trump went into last night’s debate with the goal of stopping the bleeding and pulling out of the downward spiral his campaign had entered over the previous forty-eight hours. After a […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–10/10/2016

Donald Trump. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

NightSide Weekend Commentary – Tonight’s Debate Is It Over For Trump?

BOSTON (CBS) – Audio has surfaced of Donald Trump of which contents we can’t repeat here. Dan Rea’s original commentary was to be about the second debate, but he now says it’s over for Trump. […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–10/09/2016



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