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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WBZ NewsRadio 1030–06/08/2015

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BOTON (CBS) – Have you ever thought about trying hypnosis therapy? Paul Gustafson is a certified clinical hypnotist, and he has helped patients with a wide range of issues. From pain management, to sleep troubles, […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–06/08/2015


NightSide Weekend Commentary – Thank You Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack

BOSTON (CBS) – Toll payers get a break, and that’s a rare thing. This Weekend Commentary thanks Stephanie Pollack for a recent decision to help us out. Originally broadcast June 7th, 2015.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–06/07/2015

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NightSide Weekend Commentary – The Canary In The Coal Mine

BOSTON (CBS) – In this Weekend Commentary, Dan Rea says a recent poll should be a warning to the end of the United States. Originally broadcast June 6th, 2015.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–06/06/2015

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NightSide – Do We Suffer From Pharmaphobia?

BOSTON (CBS) – There has been a long running argument over whether the healthcare system should be a profit-based industry. Some claim that by encouraging capitalism in healthcare, decisions are not always made in the […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–06/02/2015

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NightSide – James Fox Discusses The Death Penalty

BOSTON (CBS) – On June 24, convicted Boston marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will be officially sentenced to death. Elsewhere, Nebraska legislators voted yesterday to override the governor’s veto, becoming the 19th state in the country […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–06/01/2015

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NightSide – Boston VA Healthcare Director Vincent Ng Stops By

BOSTON (CBS) – Back in 2013, the failures of the VA healthcare system across the country dominated headlines for weeks. The story may have gone away since then, but the needs of our veterans have […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–06/01/2015


NightSide – Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack Has Good News For Toll Payers

BOSTON (CBS) – Stephanie Pollack, the Secretary of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, sits down with Dan to talk about a number of important issues. She has an update on the pay-by-plate toll system that […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–06/01/2015

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NightSide Weekend Commentary – Third Cape Bridge

BOSTON (CBS) – In this Weekend Commentary, Dan Rea likes the idea of a third bridge to the Cape, which would be a privately owned toll bridge. Originally aired May 31st, 2015.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–05/31/2015

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NightSide Weekend Commentary – Climate Change

BOSTON (CBS) – In this Weekend Commentary, Dan Rea says ISIS is a bigger threat to the U.S., and no climate change as hinted by President Obama. Originally aired May 30th, 2015.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–05/30/2015