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 – The Men And Moments That Made The Boston Bruins

BOSTON (CBS) – Fluto Shinzawa, Bruins beat writer for The Boston Globe, joins Dan in the NightSide studio to talk about his new book, “The Big 50”. Shinzawa chronicles the storied history of the Bruins […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–01/04/2017


NightSide – Ernie Boch, Jr. Is In Studio

BOSTON (CBS) – Ernie Boch, Jr. was one of the first high-profile figures to step up and support Donald Trump during the 2016 campaign. The billionaire CEO of Subaru of New England hosted a fundraiser […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–01/04/2017

Mariah Carey performs during New Year's Eve celebrations in Times Square on December 31, 2016 in New York. (Photo by Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images)

NightSide – Mariah’s Meltdown vs. Lemon On The Juice

BOSTON (CBS) – New Year’s Eve countdowns are all over TV every December 31st. This year, there were a couple of interesting appearances that had social media buzzing over the weekend. The first involved Mariah […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–01/03/2017


NightSide – A Look At American Islamic Relations

BOSTON (CBS) – A major theme of President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign was the need for the U.S. to tighten up its immigration policies, specifically in regards to Muslims. With Trump set to take over in […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–01/03/2017

President Barack Obama waves goodbye at the conclusion of a news conference on Dec. 16, 2016. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

NightSide – Has President Obama Betrayed Israel?

BOSTON (CBS) – Last week, President Obama and the United States officially abstained from a vote on a United Nations resolution condemning Israel’s settlements in the West Bank. Many were shocked that Obama decided not […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–01/03/2017


NightSide – Bad Drivers

BOSTON (CBS) – Marisa has a few pet peeves about drivers on the road. Do you have any? Are Boston drivers the worst drivers? Originally broadcast December 29th, 2016.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–12/30/2016

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NightSide – Worst Dinner Party Ever

BOSTON (CBS) – Now that the holiday season is drawing to a close, we want to know if politics found their way into the conversation at your dinners or parties. Did you avoid it? Did […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–12/30/2016

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NightSide – Immigration and Terrorism

BOSTON (CBS) – Marisa breaks down the current climate of immigration in America and it’s link to terrorism. Originally broadcast December 29th, 2016.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–12/30/2016


NightSide – Your Money

BOSTON (CBS) – Bloomberg News Reporter Anne Mostue stops by for a financial year in review and what to look forward to in the new year. Originally broadcast December 29th, 2016

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–12/30/2016

Secretary of State John Kerry meets with leaders of Iran (Photo credit Brian Snyder/AFP/Getty Images)

NightSide – Threat to Peace

BOSTON (CBS) – Secretary of State John Kerry spoke today on the state of Israel and warned Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Israeli government was undermining any hope of a two-state solution to its conflict with […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–12/29/2016



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