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 March 4, 2014
Troubled by waning attendance and image problems, Fantasy of Flight, an aviation-themed attraction boasting the world's largest private collection of vintage aircraft, closes to the public April 6.
Published February 24, 2014
After years of noshing through New York City's wealth of cheese shops, Sherry and Michael Summers are proffering an array of curds, charcuterie and other fancy nibbles from their very own market in downtown Winter Haven.
Published February 23, 2014
If you're into antiques, collectibles and unique vintage finds, Larry Mitchell's problem could be your gain. His Lakeland shelter for men overcoming homelessness and addictions is awash in thousands of artifacts, furnishings, art and interesting...
Published February 21, 2014
United Way honored its top volunteers and recognized the fundraising acumen of local businesses during a Texas-sized bash Friday evening that also served to thank an army of "leadership" donors.
Published February 19, 2014
You've got to love a chicken joint that allows turkey to horn in on the action. I can't think of another quick-serve chain eatery where these two birds have starring roles, though chicken reigns at this Tampa-based newcomer.
Published February 12, 2014
Saturday's fifth annual Brewz Crewz craft beer festival in Downtown Lakeland promises more bang for your buck with a number of surprise tastings, more food options and an enhanced VIP experience.