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.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump stands at his podium during the Presidential Debate at Hofstra University. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

NightSide – Does It Matter If Trump Pays Taxes?

BOSTON (CBS) – The New York Times published a story over the weekend that included part of Donald Trump’s tax return from 1995. The story discussed how the loss of almost one billion dollars which […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–10/03/2016

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump during the Presidential Debate at Hofstra University on September 26, 2016 in Hempstead, New York.  (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

NightSide Weekend Commentary – Debate Round 1

BOSTON (CBS) – In this Weekend Commentary, Dan Rea looks back at the first Presidential debate. Originally aired October 2nd, 2016.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–10/02/2016

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NightSide Weekend Commentary – 9 Years Of NightSide

BOSTON (CBS) – Dan Rea wants to thank all the callers and listeners for 9 great years, and looks forward to year 10. Originally aired October 1st, 2016.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–10/01/2016

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NightSide – Plane Stupidity

BOSTON (CBS) – A California woman at a United Airlines flight had her pre-booked plane ticket changed because the two gentlemen seated next to her have cultural beliefs that prevent them from sitting next to […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–09/30/2016


NightSide – Newspaper Endorsements

BOSTON (CBS) – USA Today, an unbiased newspaper, wrote an editorial on Donald Trump being unfit for the presidency. Generally conservative leaning papers, the Cincinnati Enquirer and Arizona Republic, have also come out in favor […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–09/30/2016


NightSide – A Conversation On Charter Schools And Question 2

BOSTON (CBS) – Perhaps the most intensely debated ballot question here in Massachusetts, Question 2 proposes that the state lift the cap on charter schools, potentially allowing up to twelve additional charter schools to open […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–09/29/2016

US Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

NightSide – Another “Aleppo Moment”

BOSTON (CBS) – Gary Johnson, former Governor of New Mexico and the Libertarian presidential candidate, has been hitting the campaign trail hard lately, crying out for a chance to be included in the presidential debates. […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–09/29/2016

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NightSide – What Is “Recreational” Marijuana?

BOSTON (CBS) – This November, Massachusetts residents will vote on whether or not the state should legalize marijuana. A new poll shows that though the margin is close, voters are leaning towards passing the ballot […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–09/29/2016

President Barack Obama addresses the United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters, September 20, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

NightSide – Obama Handed His First Override

BOSTON (CBS) – President Obama recently vetoed legislation that would allow families of the victims of the 9/11 attacks to sue Saudi Arabia. Today, both the Senate and the House overwhelmingly voted to override the […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–09/29/2016

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NightSide – Anti-Semitism Close To Home

BOSTON (CBS) – We like to think of Massachusetts as a progressive, open-minded state. But while that may describe many Massachusetts residents, it certainly doesn’t mean there is no racism or prejudice left here in […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–09/28/2016



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