Dana Perino is an American political commentator and author who served as the twenty-fourth White House Press Secretary, serving under President George W. Bush from September 14, 2007, to January 20, 2009. Furthermore, she was the second female White House Press Secretary, after Dee Dee Myers, who served during the Clinton Administration. Moreover, she is currently a political commentator for Fox News, while also serving as a co-host of the network’s talk show The Five, and is a book publishing executive at Random House. On October 2, 2017, she began hosting The Daily Briefing with Dana Perino on Fox News.
Moreover, she was born in Evanston on May 9, 1972. She is the daughter of Janice “Jan” and Leo Perino and grew up in Denver, Colorado. Two of her paternal great-grandparents were Italian immigrants. Likewise, she attended Ponderosa High School in Parker, a suburb southeast of Denver. Furthermore, Perino graduated from Colorado State University-Pueblo with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications and minors in both political science and Spanish.
She was on the university’s forensics team and worked at KTSC-TV, the campus-based Rocky Mountain PBS affiliate. Likewise, she also worked at KCCY-FM on the 2 to 6 a.m. shift. Perino went on to obtain a master’s degree in public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois Springfield (UIS). Similarly, during her time at UIS, she also worked for WCIA, a CBS affiliate, as a daily reporter covering the Illinois Capitol.
Further, Perino next worked in Washington, D.C. for Congressman Scott McInnis (R-CO) as a staff assistant before serving nearly four years as the press secretary for Rep. Dan Schaefer (R-CO), who then chaired the House Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power. After Schaefer announced his retirement in 1998, Perino and husband Peter McMahon moved to Great Britain.
Her Personal life
Perino met her future husband, Peter McMahon, in August 1997. McMahon was born in England and is a businessman involved in the international marketing and sales of medical products. Additionally, they were tied a knot in 1998, they have a Vizsla dog named “Jasper” about which she talks frequently on air. In May 2012, Perino appeared on Jeopardy! during its “Power Players” week, facing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and CNBC’s David Faber.
- Full Name: Dana Marie Perino
- Date of Birth: May 9, 1972
- Age: 47
- Birth Place: Evanston, Wyoming, U.S.
- Political party: Republican
- Nationality: American
- Spouse(s): Peter McMahon (since m. 1998)
- Education: Colorado State University–Pueblo (BA), University of Illinois, Springfield (MA)
- Height: 1.57 m
- Books: And the Good News Is…: Lessons and Advice from the Bright Side, MORE
- Net Worth: $4 million
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