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.

The Boston Globe's satirical front page about Donald Trump. (WBZ-TV)

NightSide Weekend Commentary – Boston Globe Trumps All

BOSTON (CBS) – In this Weekend Commentary, Dan Rea doesn’t think the Boston Globe should have printed up a phony front page with Trump as President, and the world falling apart. Originally aired April 16th, […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–04/16/2016

(Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

NightSide – What Was The Last Book You’ve Read

BOSTON (CBS) – It’s the 20th hour of the week and we have an open discussion about the latest tome you’ve reviewed. It also serves as an opportunity to discover new books and new authors. […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–04/16/2016

(Photo credit NOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images)

NightSide – Bank Tellers

BOSTON (CBS) – Would you mind if banks didn’t use bank tellers at all? Originally broadcast April 15th, 2016.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–04/15/2016

Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. (Getty Images)

NightSide – Make Or Break Time

BOSTON (CBS) – Can Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders survive a primary loss in New York? At present, he trails Hillary Clinton by 688 delegates. As the stakes increase for the party’s nomination, so did […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–04/15/2016

Marc Cremer and Michael Morrissey

NightSide – Marc Cremer And District Attorney Michael Morrissey In Studio

BOSTON (CBS) – A father’s fight. Marc Cremer seeks to carry on his daughter’s “altruistic approach to life.” Haley Cremer was tragically killed in June 2014 when she was struck by an SUV driven by […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–04/15/2016

Dennis Ross

NightSide – Dennis Ross Is In Studio

BOSTON (CBS) – Ambassador Dennis Ross has spent much of his adult life working for peace in the Middle East. He is very concerned with President Obama’s approach to the situation in that part of […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–04/15/2016

Governor Charlie Baker was shouted down at an LGBT networking event in Boston, April 13, 2016. (Image credit: YouTube-Nancy Nangeroni)

NightSide – Governor Baker Booed Off Stage

BOSTON (CBS) – Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker was a guest speaker at an LBGT rally yesterday, where he was booed off the stage after being interrupted by demonstrators in the crowd. With the debate over […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–04/15/2016

Susan Senator Book

NightSide – Dealing With Autism As An Adult

BOSTON (CBS) – There are a number of programs and resources available for children with autism. But what happens when someone dealing with autism ages out of these programs? Susan Senator and Cathy Johnson both […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–04/15/2016

Lauren and Jayson Boebert - Shooter's Grill

NightSide – Would You Eat At Shooter’s Grill?

BOSTON (CBS) – A new restaurant in Rifle, Colorado has a very unique and specific theme. Shooter’s Grill encourages diners to bring their favorite weapons with them to the eatery, and features waitresses that walk […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–04/13/2016

Dan Rea And Marisa DeFranco

NightSide – Marisa DeFranco Is In Studio

BOSTON (CBS) – Marisa DeFranco has been an immigration attorney for years, fighting for the rights of those who come to this country. But her stance on our current immigration system may surprise you! Attorney […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–04/13/2016



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