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 Weekend Commentary – Bear Necessities

BOSTON (CBS) – In this weekend commentary, Dan Rea applauds New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu for sparing the lives of a family of bears. Originally aired Jun 3rd, 2017.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–06/03/2017

NightSide – Your Favorite Summer Movies

BOSTON (CBS) – Call in and tell us what your favorite movies are and why! Originally broadcast June 2nd, 2017.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–06/03/2017

NightSide – Georgetown Professor Matt Kroenig Checks In

BOSTON (CBS) – Matt Kroenig is an Associate Professor in the Department of Government at Georgetown University. His recent article in Foreign Affairs makes a case that the criticism of President Trump’s foreign policy is […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–06/03/2017

NightSide – Kathy Griffin Claims Victimhood

BOSTON (CBS) – Comedian and TV personality Kathy Griffin created controversy once again, this time by posting an image of a fake severed head of President Trump. After much public backlash and being fired from […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–06/03/2017

NightSide – Hillary’s Greatest Hits

BOSTON (CBS) – Yesterday, Hillary Clinton spoke at the annual Code Conference in California, and gave a long list of reasons why she lost the 2016 election. The list of excuses included everything from Russian […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–06/02/2017

NightSide – Talking with a Dog Lawyer

BOSTON (CBS) – No, he’s not a dog that practices law! Jeremy Cohen has been an attorney for more than two decades. In 2015, he founded Boston Dog Lawyers to focus on the rights of […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–06/02/2017

NightSide – U.S. Withdraws From Paris Climate Accord

BOSTON (CBS) – Earlier today, President Trump announced that the United States will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, an agreement signed by almost two hundred nations around the world. By rejecting the agreement, the […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–06/02/2017

NightSide – An Update on the Paris Accord

BOSTON (CBS) – The Paris Climate Accord is an agreement between 195 countries that was signed in 2015. Each nation that signed the deal submitted an individual plan to meet certain emission standards, with specific […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–06/01/2017

NightSide – Checking In with Boston Teachers

BOSTON (CBS) – Richard Stutman, President of the Boston Teachers Union, sits down with Dan to talk about Boston public schools. There has been an ongoing dispute over how to handle the teachers in the […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–06/01/2017

NightSide – Governor Sununu Is In Studio

BOSTON (CBS) – Newly elected New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu joins Dan in the NightSide studio to take your calls! Dan and Governor Sununu will discuss a number of local and national issues, including opioids, […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–06/01/2017



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