Dan Rea

420x316 grad rea1 Dan ReaDan 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 Sniper and the Wolf

NightSide – American Sniper Co-Author Scott McEwen Checks In

BOSTON (CBS) – Scott McEwen, who co-wrote American Sniper with Chris Kyle, joins NightSide to talk about his latest book, as well as what it was like working with the deadliest sniper the American military […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–05/28/2015

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NightSide – Continue The Minimum Mandatory Sentences?

BOSTON (CBS) – Recently, Massachusetts Supreme Court Chief Justice Ralph Gants has made comments coming out in favor of abolishing the state’s minimum mandatory sentences for drug offenders, arguing among other things, they limit a […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–05/28/2015

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NightSide – The Commander Of The U.S.S. Constitution Is In Studio

BOSTON (CBS) – Commander Sean Kearns assumed command of the U.S.S. Constitution in July 2013. The ship, also known as “Old Ironsides”, is currently in dry dock, where it will undergo repairs and restorations for […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–05/27/2015


NightSide – Are Boston Restaurants A Health Risk?

BOSTON (CBS) – The Boston Globe waded through piles and piles of city records, and found that nearly half of the city’s restaurants and food service locations have been cited for serious health and sanitary […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–05/26/2015

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NightSide – Alternative Health Coverage

BOSTON (CBS) – The Affordable Care Act mandates everyone in this country have healthcare through your insurance provider. But if you take care of yourself using natural or holistic methods of healthcare, your insurance company […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–05/26/2015

Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush. (Photos by JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images and Mike Coppola/Getty Images for RFK Ripple Of Hope)

NightSide Weekend Comment – Welcome Back To 1992

BOSTON (CBS) – In this Weekend Commentary, Dan Rea looks at the upcoming 1992 election between Bush and Clinton. I mean, the 2016 election between Bush and Clinton. Originally aired May 24th, 2015.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–05/24/2015

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (Credit: Jane Rosenberg)

NightSide Weekend Comment – New York Times Objects To Death Penalty

BOSTON (CBS) – In this Weekend Commentary, Dan Rea says the New York Times are wrong when they basically tell Boston we shouldn’t want the Boston Bomber to get the death penalty. Originally aired May […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–05/23/2015

Pedro Martinez (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

NightSide – Pedro!

BOSTON (CBS) – There are very few celebrities that end up being so famous they can be referred to by simply a first name. Pedro Martinez is certainly one of them. Michael Silverman has been […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–05/21/2015

Asra Nomani Book

NightSide – Can Feminism And Islam Coexist?

BOSTON (CBS) – Asra Nomani moved from India to the United States when she was four years old. A former Wall Street Journal reporter for fifteen years, Nomani is now an author, journalism professor, and […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–05/20/2015

President Obama awards the Medal of Honor to Ryan Pitts of Nashua, N.H., in a White House ceremony. (WBZ-TV)

NightSide – Medal of Honor Recipient Ryan Pitts

BOSTON (CBS) – The Medal of Honor is the United States of America’s highest military honor. It is given out for acts of valor that go above and beyond the call of duty. NightSide Nation […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–05/19/2015