Beat/Position: Social Services Reporter and Food Critic
Pera started with The Ledger in July 1990 as a general assignment reporter, based in Winter Haven, where he served in a variety of capacities, primarily covering city beats throughout East Polk County.
In 1997 Pera moved to The Ledger’s Lakeland headquarters to cover issues related to Polk’s spectrum of social services.
For the past eight years or so, Pera has had the added responsibility of coordinating The Ledger’s annual Newspaper with a Heart program, which raises funds to assist people in need with rent, utilities and other resources.
Pera also serves as The Ledger’s restaurant critic, and he writes a weekly beer column. Before coming to The Ledger, he worked as copywriter for several advertising and marketing firms. Prior to that he worked for eight years in the radio industry as on-air talent, copywriter and production manager.
Published April 17, 2015
Residents of Lakeland's Lake Ridge community say they are hopeful for a more prominent police presence after airing their concerns about vandalism and other crimes with city officials.
Published April 16, 2015
Winter Haven's downtown Central Park is home to Saturday's 863 Local FiArt Fest, promising to capitalize on the wealth of local artists whose works may not be embraced by some high-profile, juried shows.
Published April 9, 2015
You can't beat the price of admission: a simple can of food. But Morgan Roth hopes Friday's benefit concert gets young people thinking about hunger, which affects approximately 16 million children nationwide, according to Feeding America.