Department: Metro desk
Phone: (863) 802-7528
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.
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