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.

Parking space savers in South Boston. (WBZ-TV photo)

NightSide – To Save Or Not To Save?

BOSTON (CBS) – We’ve had our first significant snowfall of the year, so of course the annual debate over space savers has once again escalated around the Boston community. Space savers have been a Boston […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–01/26/2016

NightSide – Bloomberg Looming

BOSTON (CBS) – Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg has hinted that he may be interested in running as an independent candidate in the 2016 race. Do you think a third party candidate could ever win […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–01/26/2016

Troy Brown Book

NightSide – Troy Brown Is In Studio

BOSTON (CBS) – New England Patriot Hall of Famer Troy Brown is in studio to talk about life as a Patriot and to take your calls! Patriot Nation could use a trip down memory lane […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–01/25/2016

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NightSide – One Week From Iowa

BOSTON (CBS) – Only seven days before the Iowa caucus, candidates on both sides of the aisle are making a big push for the home stretch. With Iowa a week away and New Hampshire shortly […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–01/25/2016

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NightSide Weekend Commentary – “I Thought Turkeys Could Fly.” Mr. Carlson, They Can!

BOSTON (CBS) – In this Weekend Commentary, Dan Rea wonders how far people will go to bring animals on to planes. Originally aired January 24th, 2016.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–01/24/2016

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

NightSide Weekend Commentary – Welcome Home

BOSTON (CBS) – In this Weekend Commentary, Dan Rea congradulates President Obama and John Kerry for securing the release of U.S. prisoners from Iran. But he also wonders what the true cost was. Originally aired […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–01/23/2016

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NightSide – Travel Horror Stories

BOSTON (CBS) – With over 6,000 flights being canceled due to the upcoming snowstorm, we want you to call in with some of your travel horror stories. Stuck at the airport? Lost luggage? Stranded away […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–01/23/2016

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NightSide – Voting in New Hampshire

BOSTON (CBS) – This week the New Hampshire Senate passed a bill which would add a 30-day residency requirement before a citizen would be permitted to cast a ballot in a New Hampshire election. If […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–01/22/2016

Neil Chayet

NightSide – Neil Chayet in Studio

BOSTON (CBS) – The familiar opening line “This is Neil Chayet Looking at the Law” has greeted listeners around the nation for more than 40 years. Since April 1, 1976, Neil has reported on legal […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–01/22/2016

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NightSide – Calling The NightSide Jury Into Session

BOSTON (CBS) – With another damaging report regarding the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email leaking this week, she is once again fielding questions about the materials she sent and received while using her private email […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–01/22/2016



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