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 – Congressman Joe Kennedy III Is In Studio

BOSTON (CBS) – U.S. Representative Joe Kennedy III joins Dan in studio tonight to talk about the ongoing fight against ISIS and today’s House vote on the Syrian refugee situation. He’ll also address his passionate […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–11/19/2015

Bill Edson

NightSide – William Edson in Studio

BOSTON (CBS) – Executive Director of the Montachusetts Veterans Outreach Center is in studio tonight with Dan! Call the show to join the conversation! Originally broadcast November 18th, 2015.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–11/18/2015

Craig Malkin

NightSide – Rethinking Narcissism

BOSTON (CBS) – Do you consider yourself to be narcissistic? Would it be a bad thing? Dr. Craig Malkin joins the show to tell you where most people fall when it comes to narcissism and […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–11/18/2015

Jeffrey Drucker

NightSide – MBTA Advertisement

BOSTON (CBS) – With an anti-Israeli advertisement up in an MBTA station, we have former Chairman of the New England Board of Anti-Defamation Jeffrey Robbins on the show to see what actions should be taken […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–11/18/2015

President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin. (Photo credit JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

NightSide – Who Do You Trust More?

BOSTON (CBS) – President Obama spoke to reporters yesterday to outline the approach the United States will take in dealing with ISIS, and to reiterate his commitment to bring Syrian refugees into the country. Meanwhile, […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–11/17/2015

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NightSide – The Annual NightSide College Admissions Panel

BOSTON (CBS) – Every year, we take a couple of hours on NightSide to talk with college admissions insiders about applying to college, paying for college, and your questions and concerns. Dan will be joined […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–11/17/2015

Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg. (WBZ-TV)

NightSide – Senate President Stan Rosenberg Is In Studio

BOSTON (CBS) – Massachusetts State Senate President Stan Rosenberg joins Dan in the NightSide studio to talk about a number of important issues. We’ll discuss MBTA reform, stricter sentences for highway protesters, legislation that addresses […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–11/16/2015

Photo Credit: Eiffel Tower, Paris (Credit, Randy Yagi)

NightSide – What Do We Do Now?

BOSTON (CBS) – With the investigation into Friday’s Paris attacks still ongoing, some are starting to suggest that the United States reconsider allowing thousands of Syrian refugees into the country. President Obama has stated that […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–11/16/2015

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NightSide Weekend Commentary – Abandon All Hope Ye Who Enter

BOSTON (CBS) – In this Weekend Commentary, Dan Rea says it’s hard to stay positive about this country’s future. Originally aired November 15th, 2015.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–11/15/2015

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NightSide Weekend Commentary – Free Speech For Some

BOSTON (CBS) – In this Weekend Commentary, Dan Rea doesn’t think some college students understand what the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution means. Originally broadcast November 14th, 2015.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–11/14/2015



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