|Alma mater||Boston State College (B.A., 1970)
Boston University School of Law (J.D., 1974)
|Occupation||Talk radio host|
Education and background
Prior to his current job on WBZ Radio, Dan Rea worked as a news reporter from 1976 to 2007 on WBZ's sister station, WBZ-TV, the CBS affiliate in Boston where he won two Regional Emmys and nine Regional Emmy Nominations. He also had a small role in the movie Reversal of Fortune. His present radio career is a return to WBZ Radio since he was on air there while at Boston University School of Law in the 70s. At that time, Rea was a conservative activist "...serving as national vice chairman of Young Americans for Freedom and opposing Richard Nixon’s re-election as president in 1972 on the grounds that he was too liberal."
Rea spent many years trying to clear the name of Joe Salvati, a man who was wrongfully convicted of murder. Rea was able to find evidence that exonerated Mr. Salvati's name and he was released from prison. For his work on the case, " the Massachusetts Bar Association honored Rea with the First Annual Excellence in Journalism Award. The Massachusetts Criminal Defense Lawyers Association for his efforts in the Salvati case also honored Rea."
In June 1988 Rea was presented with Boston University Law School's prestigious "Silver Shingle" award for outstanding public service. ." 
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- Kennedy, Dan, "Dan Rea replaces Paul Sullivan", Media Nation, October 1, 2007
- WBZ Bio
- Back at the mike, Rea has mixed emotions
- Kennedy, Dan, "No-shout zone", Commonwealth magazine, Winter 2008, January 24, 2008
- "Wrongful Convictions: Panelist Bio: Dan Rea", Harvard Law School, 2002
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