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 – Climate Change: Threat Or Nature?

BOSTON (CBS) – Today is Earth Day and leaders from more than 150 nations gathered at U.N. headquarters in New York to sign a historic climate change deal which aims to reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions. […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–04/22/2016


NightSide – Eye On Health

BOSTON (CBS) – Dr. Bradford Shingleton is an industry-leading ophthalmologist, with particular expertise in the cataract / glaucoma field. The Harvard Medical School graduate also possesses a wealth of knowledge about a wide range of […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–04/21/2016

New twenty dollar bills at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington, DC(Photo credit: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

NightSide – New Face on the Twenty

BOSTON (CBS) – It was announced today that Harriet Tubman will be replacing Andrew Jackson on the twenty dollar bill. Do you like the change? Are there other bills or coins that should also change […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–04/21/2016

Former Navy SEAL Glen Doherty. (Credit: Family photo)

NightSide – Congressman Lynch With Good News

BOSTON (CBS) – Congressman Stephen Lynch joins the show to discuss the benefits that former CIA contractor and Navy SEAL Glen Doherty’s family will receive for his death in the 2012 Benghazi attack. Originally broadcast […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–04/20/2016

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh

NightSide – Wednesdays With Walsh – April 20th 2016

BOSTON (CBS) – Boston Mayor Marty Walsh stops by to check in with Dan and the rest of NightSide Nation to talk about a number of issues facing the Boston community and all the festivities […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–04/20/2016

Hillary Clinton (Photo credit MICHAEL B. THOMAS/AFP/Getty Images) and Donald Trump (Photo credit MICHAEL B. THOMAS/AFP/Getty Images).

NightSide – New York Primary

BOSTON (CBS) – With the New York Primary tonight, Dan breaks down the winners and losers, what happens next and is this it for certain candidates? Call in with all of your questions and thoughts […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–04/20/2016

Steve Hatch Book

NightSide – Medicine Always Right?

BOSTON (CBS) – Dr. Steven Hatch is in studio to talk about his book and his exploration into the uncertainty on western medicine. Do you believe everything your doctor tells you? Have you ever questioned […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–04/20/2016

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NightSide – Heroin Humor?

BOSTON (CBS) – Saturday Night Live ran a fake advertisement for a fictional product called “Heroin AM” that joked about people’s use of the drug. During the sketch, it was mentioned that the drug has […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–04/20/2016

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NightSide – 28 Pages

BOSTON (CBS) – 28 pages of an 838 page congressional report have renewed a push to declassify and learn if the Saudis played a role in supporting hijackers responsible for the attacks on September 11th. […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–04/19/2016

Gary Hart Book

NightSide – Gary Hart Checks In

BOSTON (CBS) – Former democratic presidential candidate Gary Hart joins the show tonight to discuss his new book and the presidential race. Hart ran for president twice in the 80’s and has written a number […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–04/18/2016



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