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.

A man waves the US and Cuban flags as he walks in front of the new Cuban Embassy. (Photo credit Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images)

NightSide – Should Illegal Immigrants From Cuba Be Treated Differently?

BOSTON (CBS) – President Obama tried to open a new chapter on U.S.-Cuba relations by lifting travel and financial restrictions and traveling to the island nation himself during his second term as President. In the […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–02/03/2017

(Photo credit PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/GettyImages)

NightSide – State Legislators Give Themselves A Raise

BOSTON (CBS) – There has been a lot of criticism over the pay raise bill that Massachusetts legislators recently passed. The measure increases lawmakers’ salaries by almost fifty percent. Though Governor Baker vetoed the legislation, […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–02/03/2017

Judge Neil Gorsuch and President Donald Trump (WBZ-TV)

NightSide – Should Democrats Fight Gorsuch’s Confirmation?

BOSTON (CBS) – On one hand, many Democrats are still furious that Republicans managed to reject President Obama’s nominee without holding a hearing, never mind a vote, for almost an entire year. But on the […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–02/02/2017


NightSide – President Trump, From China’s Perspective

BOSTON (CBS) – Since the election in November, there has been a wide range of analysis of what a Trump administration might mean for America. But what about our international relationships? Trump has been very […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–02/02/2017


NightSide – Supreme Court Fallout

BOSTON (CBS) – Donald Trump announced his nominee for the Supreme Court would be Neil Gorsuch. The announcement came after days of debate over the travel ban that Trump signed last Friday, and presents an […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–02/02/2017

President Donald Trump nominates Neil Gorsuch for Supreme Court (WBZ-TV)

NightSide – Terrible Idea From The Party Of Obstruction?

BOSTON (CBS) – The Democrats have become a party that seems to stand for obstruction above all else. With vocal party leaders attending protests around the country and holding press conferences to undermine the sitting […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–02/01/2017


NightSide – And The Nomination Goes To…

BOSTON (CBS) – President Donald Trump will announce his pick to replace the late Justice Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court. The court has been shorthanded since Justice Scalia passed away in February of last […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–02/01/2017


NightSide – Why Do They Do It?

BOSTON (CBS) – There are few who have it better in the U.S. than wealthy, high-powered executives. So why would someone who seemingly has everything risk it all to commit white-collar crime? Harvard Business Professor […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–01/31/2017


NightSide – Reactions To The Travel Ban

BOSTON (CBS) – President Trump made headlines last Friday when he signed an Executive Order that banned people from seven predominantly Muslim countries from traveling to the United States, including those coming here as refugees. […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–01/31/2017

Wall along U.S.-Mexico border (WBZ-TV)

NightSide – Who Pays For The Wall?

BOSTON (CBS) – President Trump has officially started the process of building the wall on our southern border. Though he said throughout the campaign that Mexico would pay for the wall, many are wondering if […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–01/28/2017



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