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 July 25, 2014
The Lakeland Housing Authority is shedding some of its undeveloped acreage, including a 17-acre tract in South Lakeland purchased in 2005 with the intention of building Arbor Manor, a 160-unit apartment complex for low-income seniors.
Published July 29, 2014
There's a time and place for pulling salad from a bag, but summer lends itself to more contemplative preparations. They don't have to be complicated or time consuming, but given the bounty of produce and other items readily available this time of...
Published July 23, 2014
Most days, Shayann Brookins Jones is at work before sunrise, stirring things up in her restaurant kitchen to feed Bartow a king-size breakfast of buttermilk biscuits, sausage gravy, blueberry flapjacks and fried pork chops. Jones opened her downtown...
Published July 22, 2014
Minnesota's Summit Brewing Company has been making its flagship Extra Pale Ale since 1986. It was noteworthy then, and now, having garnered a silver medal in this year's World Beer Cup.
Published July 21, 2014
SUMMIT BREWING COMPANYExtra Pale AleMinnesota's Summit Brewing Company has been making its flagship Extra Pale Ale since 1986. It was noteworthy then, and now, having garnered a silver medal in this year's World Beer Cup.
Published July 19, 2014
His drug addiction and unstable lifestyle behind him, Ken Mathis found therapy and redemption in hard work and family. But the tables quickly turned when his eyes started to fail as a result of untreated glaucoma.
Published July 19, 2014
Throughout his career, chef Thomas Pepka has demonstrated he can stand the heat. But does he have the right stuff to win one of the top awards of the American Culinary Federation?
Published July 14, 2014
The new administrator of the Citrus Center Boys & Girls Clubs is a familiar face to hundreds of children who depend on the Winter Haven-based nonprofit for after-school and summer activities.