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 Weekend Commentary – Politics

BOSTON (CBS) – In this Weekend Commentary, Dan Rea wonders how we go here, politically. Originally aired June 12th, 2016.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–06/12/2016

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NightSide Weekend Commentary – Convicted Illegal Immigrants On The Loose

BOSTON (CBS) – In this Weekend Commentary, Dan Rea is shocked at the amount of convicted criminals are let loose back into the public. Originally broadcast June 11th, 2016.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–06/11/2016

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NightSide – Trump’s Bad Judgement

BOSTON (CBS) – After suggesting that Judge Gonzalo Curiel would not be impartial in the civil fraud suit against Trump University, most people are deeming the comments to be racially charged. Trump’s suggestion that someone […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–06/11/2016

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NightSide – Everyone’s The Valedictorian

BOSTON (CBS) – Melrose High School had their graduation last week and for the first time ever, did not have a valedictorian. The Melrose Superintendent decided two years ago to do away with class rankings […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–06/11/2016

Bernie Sanders in Dearborn, Michigan, March 7, 2016. (Photo credit GEOFF ROBINS/AFP/Getty Images)

NightSide – What Should Bernie Do?

BOSTON (CBS) – Tim takes a look at what options Bernie Sanders has moving forward and what he should ultimately do. Should he drop out? Should Bernie keep going until the Democratic Convention? Is there […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–06/10/2016

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NightSide – An Anti-English Language Mandate

BOSTON (CBS) – Last week, the Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services issued a policy statement addressing young children who are learning English as a second language. The departments advised […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–06/10/2016

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NightSide – Does Free Speech Still Exist On Campus?

BOSTON (CBS) – We’ve seen a number of stories in recent years that have raised important issues regarding censorship and free speech on college campuses. While students certainly deserve a “safe space” to learn and […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–06/09/2016

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NightSide – Governor Baker Is In Studio

BOSTON (CBS) – Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker is well into his second year, and he joins Dan in studio to talk about a number of issues facing the Commonwealth. Dan will ask the Governor about […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–06/09/2016

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NightSide – No More Columbus Day?

BOSTON (CBS) – Cambridge joined a growing number of cities yesterday, voting to abolish Columbus Day and instead celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day in October. Marc McGovern, Vice Mayor of Cambridge, talks with Dan about why […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–06/09/2016

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NightSide – Walking Away From Basketball Dreams

BOSTON (CBS) – Onaje Woodbine, author of Black Gods of the Asphalt, was a star high school basketball player who was recruited to play at Yale. As a sophomore, he led the team in scoring […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–06/09/2016



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