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.

NightSide – Does Trump’s Foreign Policy Get a Bad Rap?

BOSTON (CBS) – Georgetown Professor Matthew Kroenig believes that President Trump’s foreign policy has taken a lot of unfair criticism. Professor Kroenig joins Dan and the rest of NightSide Nation to analyze the President’s approach […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–08/03/2017

NightSide – Should We Cut Back on Legal Immigration?

BOSTON (CBS) – President Trump endorsed a Senate bill today that would lower the level of legal immigration over the next decade, and move the U.S. to a merit-based system. The legislation would prioritize immigrants […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–08/03/2017

NightSide – The High Stakes of the Immigration Debate

BOSTON (CBS) – Immigration was front and center during the 2016 campaign, and is a major part of President Trump’s agenda. Sadly, it is an issue that can have very real consequences, as a sixty-five […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–08/02/2017

NightSide – Talking About Your Heart Health

BOSTON (CBS) – Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. So taking care of your heart and making sure you live as healthy as possible […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–08/02/2017

NightSide – Harmless Joke or Police Brutality?

BOSTON (CBS) – President Trump delivered remarks last Friday to a group of law enforcement officers in New York. During his speech, Trump asked officers not to be “too nice” when apprehending suspects, and talked […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–08/01/2017

NightSide – Hitting Reset on the Reset

BOSTON (CBS) – President Trump has had a tumultuous six months to start off his first term, with a number of high profile positions already experiencing turnover. Anthony Scaramucci, who was named the new White […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–08/01/2017

NightSide – Congressman Michael Capuano Is In Studio

BOSTON (CBS) – U.S. Representative Michael Capuano joins Dan in the NightSide studio to talk about everything going on in our nation’s capital. There are a number of issues facing Congress right now, including the […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–08/01/2017

NightSide Weekend Commentary – Pedophile Priest Released

BOSTON (CBS) In this Weekend Commentary, Dan Rea shakes his head at the justice system.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–07/30/2017

NightSide Weekend Comment – Sessions Out

BOSTON (CBS) – In this weekend comment, Dan Rea notes that President Trump wants Jeff Sessions out.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–07/29/2017

NightSide – Your Innocent Indulgence

BOSTON (CBS) – What is it that you indulge in that others might criticize you for? Dan for instance loves his chocolate ice cream. Call in and share your innocent indulgence!

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–07/29/2017



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