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 – Are Mandatory Minimum Sentences Necessary?

BOSTON (CBS) – Massachusetts Supreme Court Chief Justice Ralph Gants recently criticized mandatory minimum sentences, claiming that they do not allow judges to use the proper discretion, and pushing for the state to get rid […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–07/13/2015

Ten Commandments

NightSide – The Ten Commandments On Government Property

BOSTON (CBS) – The Oklahoma Supreme Court recently ruled that the six foot tall monument depicting the Ten Commandments that stands at the state Capitol is a violation of the separation of church and state, […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–07/13/2015

Hillary Clinton. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

NightSide Weekend Commentary – Hillary Clinton’s Campaign In Trouble?

BOSTON (CBS) In this Weekend Commentary, Dan Rea says Hillary Clinton needs to get friendly with the media, and sooner rather than later. Originally aired July 12th, 2015

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–07/12/2015

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NightSide Weekend Commentary – The Greek Debt Crisis

BOSTON (CBS) – In this Weekend Commentary, Dan Rea asks if the Greek debt crisis could happen here. Originally aired July 11th, 2015.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–07/11/2015

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NightSide – Where Do You Go For A Cup Of Joe?

BOSTON (CBS) – Starbucks has caught some flak for announcing yesterday that they are raising prices on their coffee across the country. Prices for most drinks will go up between five and twenty cents, an […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–07/09/2015

Mayor Walsh

NightSide- Wednesdays With Walsh – 7/08/15

BOSTON (CBS) – As he does every month, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh takes time out of his busy schedule to sit down with Dan and talk with NightSide Nation. There’s a lot to talk about […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–07/09/2015

Daniel Silva Book

NightSide – NYT Bestselling Author Daniel Silva

BOSTON (CBS) – Daniel Silva is a former CNN correspondent and producer, though he always knew he wanted to be an author. In 1997, he left the news business to become a full time writer. […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–07/08/2015

Alberto Gonzales Book

NightSide – Alberto Gonzales, Co-Author Of “A Conservative and Compassionate Approach to Immigration Reform: Perspectives from a Former U.S. Attorney General”

BOSTON (CBS) – Now the Dean of Belmont University College of Law, Alberto Gonzales previously served as Attorney General under George W. Bush. Tonight, he checks in with NightSide Nation to talk about the ongoing […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–07/07/2015

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NightSide – Hillary Clinton Campaign And The Ropes

BOSTON (CBS) – Hillary Clinton had a roped off section for reporters, but it wasn’t a stationary marked section. Reporters were confined to a moving rope containment area.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–07/06/2015

Whitey Bulger at his sentencing hearing. (Court sketch by Jane Flavell Collins)

NightSide – A Letter From Whitey Bulger

BOSTON (CBS) – Three local high school girls decided that for a leadership project, they would write a letter to the infamous crime boss Whitey Bulger in the Florida prison he now calls home. Surprisingly, […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–06/30/2015