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.

NightSide At Ruins

NightSide – A Listener Brings The Voice Of Reason To The Mayans

BOSTON (CBS) – Ed Quinn brought NightSide to Mexico at Chichen Itza and the Mayan Ruins. Thanks, Ed!

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–02/19/2015

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NightSide – Christian Appy, Author Of “American Reckoning” Discusses The Lessons We Learned From Vietnam

BOSTON (CBS) – What is the role the United States should play on the global stage? Has that role changed through the years? Christian Appy, history professor at UMass Amherst, sits down to talk about […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–02/19/2015

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NightSide – Peter Wallison, Author Of “Hidden In Plain Sight” Discusses The Crash Of 2008, And Could It Happen Again?

BOSTON (CBS) – The financial crash of 2008 was devastating for both our country and our citizens. Retirements were put on hold, houses were foreclosed on, jobs were lost, and years later many are still […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–02/18/2015

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NightSide – Where In The World Did Geography Class Go?

BOSTON (CBS) – As standardized tests have become more popular as a tool to measure the success of our schools, subjects like geography and civics have had to take a back seat to math, science, […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–02/17/2015

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NightSide – Jim In A Very Snowy Swamp

BOSTON (CBS) – Many listeners know of Jim, who lives in a swamp 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We’ve had concerned callers worried about him. He wants everyone to know he’s doing […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–02/16/2015

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev appears in court on Tuesday, Jan. 6. (Sketch credit: Jane Flavell Collins)

NightSide – Harvey Silverglate On The Boston Bomber’s Trial; Can It Be Fair?

BOSTON (CBS) – A federal appeals court has ordered a hearing for next week to decide whether or not accused marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will be able to get a fair trial here in Boston. […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–02/16/2015

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NightSide Weekend Commentary – It’s Too Early For Polls

BOSTON (CBS) – In this Weekend Commentary, Dan Rea says it’s too early to be conducting polls. Originally aired February 15th, 2015.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–02/15/2015

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NightSide Weekend Commentary – President Obama’s High Horse

BOSTON (CBS) In this Weekend Commentary, Dan Rea says it’s President Obama, and not the public who are on a high horse in their reaction to ISIS killings. Originally aired February 14th, 2015.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–02/14/2015

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NightSide – Professor Tobe Berkovitz On Brian Williams

BOSTON (CBS) – It was a big day for news personalities, both real and fake. Brian Williams, the anchor for NBC’s evening news broadcast, was officially given a six month suspension after recent developments have […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–02/12/2015

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NightSide – Retired MIT Professor Dick Lindzen Discusses Climate Change

BOSTON (CBS) – Retired MIT Professor Dick Lindzen is one of the leading voices in the movement against the scientific consensus on climate change. He sits down with Dan in studio to talk about why […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–02/11/2015