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.

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NightSide – Climbing Mountains With David Roberts

BOSTON (CBS) – David Roberts is an acclaimed mountain climber and author of 24 books and numerous articles on mountaineering, adventure and the history of the American Southwest. He will join Tim tonight on NightSide […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–09/22/2015

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NightSide – Bella Bond

BOSTON (CBS) – Guest Host – Tim Cahill. After learning the identity of “Baby Doe” this past week, her mother’s bail has been set and mother’s boyfriend is being held without bail after being arrested […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–09/21/2015

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NightSide – A Tribute to a Listener

BOSTON (CBS) – During a commercial break, NightSide received the sad news that a loyal listener had passed away. Originally broadcast September 18th, 2015.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–09/21/2015

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NightSide Weekend Commentary – Hillary Clinton

BOSTON (CBS) – In this Weekend Commentary, Dan Rea shares his thoughts on poor Hillary Clinton. Originally aired September 20th, 2015.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–09/20/2015

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NightSide Weekend Commentary – Oregon Endangers Police

BOSTON (CBS) – In this Weekend Commentary, Dan Rea shares the story of Oregon not allowing police to ask citizens if they are carrying a gun. Originally aired September 19th, 2015.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–09/19/2015

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NightSide – Kevin Weeks Is In Studio

BOSTON (CBS) – With the Whitey Bulger movie Black Mass set to hit theaters this weekend, there has been a lot of buzz around the infamous Boston criminal’s story. Nobody knows that story better than […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–09/18/2015

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NightSide – Who Won And Who Lost Last Night’s GOP Debate?

BOSTON (CBS) – The second GOP debate lasted three hours last night, and though most of it seemed to drag on far too long, there were a few highlights that could have a real, lasting […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–09/17/2015

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NightSide – National Grid Rates To Rise By Twenty-One Percent

BOSTON (CBS) – Heading into this winter, National Grid customers could see their electric rates rising by more than twenty percent if the new proposed rate is approved by the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities. […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–09/16/2015

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NightSide – Wednesdays With Walsh 9/16/15 – Mayor Walsh And Governor Baker Are In Studio

BOSTON (CBS) – In their second joint appearance on NightSide, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker sit down with Dan to talk about all of the issues you’d like to hear them […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–09/16/2015

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NightSide – School Bus Driver On The No-Fly List

BOSTON (CBS) – A Minnesota man was just issued a license to drive school buses, despite the fact that he is still currently on the Department of Homeland Security’s no-fly list. The state Department of […]

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–09/15/2015