Perea is the web editor for Project ECHO at the University of New Mexico. She previously covered K-12 education for the Albuquerque Journal. Her other gigs have included KRQE-TV and Albuquerque Business First. She is an alumna of the University of New Mexico where she graduated with honors from the school of Communication and Journalism. At UNM she was a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow, researching whether female broadcast journalists alter their pitch on air to sound more credible.