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 – An Immigration Debate

BOSTON (CBS) – Almost everyone in this country admits that our current immigration system is broken. But whether our reforms should be based on compassion or pragmatism is another story. Tonight Dan is joined by […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–07/13/2016

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh

NightSide – Wednesdays With Walsh 7/13/16

BOSTON (CBS) – It’s another edition of Wednesdays with Walsh tonight on NightSide! Boston Mayor Marty Walsh joins Dan in studio to talk about a number of issues and to take your calls. Whether you […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–07/13/2016

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NightSide – How Much Stock Do You Put In Polls?

BOSTON (CBS) – Now that we’re getting into the heart of the 2016 campaign season, it seems there is a new poll released every day. But some pollsters are far more successful at predicting results […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–07/12/2016

Dallas police officers escort residents near the scene where eleven Dallas police officers were shot and five have now died on July 8, 2016 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)

NightSide – President Obama Speaks In Dallas

BOSTON (CBS) – President Obama spoke today at the memorial service for the five fallen officers in Dallas, Texas. During his speech, the President talked about uniting as a nation, praising police officers for the […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–07/12/2016

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NightSide – Gary Byrne Gives The Dirt On Hillary

BOSTON (CBS) – Gary Byrne is a former Secret Service agent who was assigned to protect President Bill Clinton and the First Family while they were living in the White House. His new book, “Crisis […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–07/11/2016

Sheriff Tom Hodgson

NightSide – Is The Black Lives Matter Movement Racist?

BOSTON (CBS) – Police and protesters have been clashing across the country since two videos of black men being shot by police were shared on social media last week. Then, on Thursday night, the city […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–07/11/2016

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NightSide Weekend Commentary – A Third Option

BOSTON (CBS) In this Weekend Commentary, Dan Rea looks at a third choice when selecting gender. Or not selecting gender. Originally aired July 10th, 2016.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–07/10/2016

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NightSide Weekend Commentary – Vacation Advice

BOSTON (CBS) Do you want a nice peaceful vacation? Dan Rea has some advice on how to leave work behind. Originally broadcast July 9th, 2016.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–07/09/2016

Dallas police officers escort residents near the scene where eleven Dallas police officers were shot and five have now died on July 8, 2016 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)

NightSide – Aftermath

BOSTON (CBS) – Chris Citorik fills in for Dan Rea tonight, and the one topic we’re talking about are the killings from the past week. In the second half of the show, Chris is joined […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–07/08/2016

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NightSide – More Shootings

BOSTON (CBS) – More tragedy as two black men are shot by police are recorded in separate incidents. As the night continues, Dallas Texas erupts in chaos as police officers at a peaceful rally are […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–07/07/2016



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