Ivan Pereira has been reporting on news in New York City since 2005. Born and raised in the metropolitan area, his strong knowledge of New York City has helped him produce numerous breaking news and feature articles that span a wide variety of topics.
Ivan earned his Bachelor’s degree from New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute where he learned from some of the city’s leading writers and reporters.
During his studies, Ivan used his skills as a contributing writer for several city publications including the Queens Chronicle and the New York Daily News. He was a contributor to several breaking news stories during his time at both papers including the 2006 Astoria blackout, the Sean Bell shooting and the controversy over the Grand Theft Auto IV videogame.
Ivan joined the TimesLedger Newspaper in Queens in 2007, as the beat reporter for the Jamaica and Laurelton neighborhoods. During his time there, he has covered several important news events not only for his beats but for other areas of the borough as well.
Ivan was one of the first reporters on the scene for the 2007 shooting of Daniel Malakov in Forest Hills and was the only reporter in the city to follow the case from its outset, to the arrest of the shooters and finally their convictions.
He was asked to talk about his expertise on the case on the Fox News program “On the Record with Greta van Susteren.” His articles on the case were honored with a second place in the “In-Depth Reporting” category at the 2008 NY Press Association’s Better Newspaper contest.
Ivan also reported extensively on the 2009 swine flu outbreak that hit the borough. From the initial reports from St. Francis Prep High School to the first city death of the virus, he wrote several articles on the subject that not only informed the public on the ongoing pandemic but also looked back at its effects.
His series of articles that examined the outbreak during its one-year anniversary was also recognized by the NYPA who awarding him a prize for best feature series in 2011.
In 2012, Ivan worked as a freelance reporter the New York Times covering various breaking news in the New York metro area such as the NYPD officer who survived a knife attack to his head, the Occupy Wall Street Mayday protest and a feature of the Mets 2012 season.
Currently, he is a staff reporter for amNewYork covering politics and other breaking news, including Mayor Bloomberg’s plan to ban oversize soda, Hurricane Sandy, the launch of the Citi Bike bike share program and the 2013 mayoral election. He’s been a guest on “The Debrief with David Ushery,” which aired on WNBC 4 and “Up All Night,” on BBC Radio 5 to discuss his amNewYork stories.