Dana Perino Age, Education, Husband, Salary, Wiki, Bio

Born and brought up in Evanston, Wyoming, Dana Perino, or Dana Marie Perino, is widely known as the 26th White House Press Secretary. She served in the position under President George W. Bush from 14 September 2007 to 20 January 2009.

She is the second female White House Press Secretary who served during the Clinton Administration, after Dee Myers. Besides that, she is also an American political commentator and author and has her podcast, “Perino & Stirewalt: I’ll Tell You What.”

She also worked as a political commentator for Fox News and co-hosted the network’s talk show The Five. Over time, she has been appointed to various prestigious positions and served the country.

This has also helped her generate colossal revenue, and as a result, her net worth is in the millions today. Today, she lives with her husband in New York, USA, and is an avid dog-lover. Read the article to learn more about her.[1]Wikipedia.org

Dana Perino
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Real NameDana Marie Perino
NicknameDana Perino
ProfessionAmerican political commentator and author
Date of Birth9 May 1972
Age (as of 2022)50 Years
BirthplaceEvanston, Wyoming
Hometown Denver, Colorado
Zodiac Sign Taurus
SchoolPonderosa High School
College/University Colorado State University-Pueblo
Educational QualificationBachelor’s Degree in Mass Communications
Minors in both Political Science and Spanish
Physical Stats
Height (approx.)in centimeters – 155 cm
in meters – 1.55 m
in feet inches – 5′ 1″
Weight (approx.)in kilograms – 55 Kg
in pounds – 121 lbs
Eye ColorBlue
Hair ColorBlonde
Award(s)National Radio Hall of Fame
Relationships & Family
Marital statusMarried
HusbandPeter McMahon [m. 1998]
ParentsFather – Leo Perino
Mother – Janice “Jan” Perino
SiblingsSister – Angie Perino [younger]
Brother – One Brother [name not known]

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Family Background & Young Age

Dana Perino, widely known as the former secretary of the White House Press, was born on May 9, 1972, in Evanston, Wyoming, in the United States of America. However, she was brought up in Denver, Colorado, where she attended Ponderosa High School.

She was a bright student and deeply interested in public speaking during her school days.

Her father, Leo Perino, and mother, Janice Perino, can be linked to Italian and English ancestries. However, we know that two of her paternal great-grandparents were Italian immigrants.

She also has a brother and a younger sister named Angie Perino.[2]IMDb

Education & Degrees

After completing her schooling at the Ponderosa High School, she went to the Colorado State University-Pueblo to pursue higher studies in mass communications. She earned a bachelor’s degree in the same.

Additionally, she has a minor’s degree in both science and Spanish. Apart from mainstream academics, she was also a part of the university’s forensics team and worked at KTSC-TV, the campus-based Rocky Mountain PBS affiliate.

Not only that, but she also worked part-time from 2 to 6 A.M. at KCCY-FM. Later, to pursue a master’s degree in public affairs, she went to the University of Illinois, Springfield.

Just like she worked part-time during her bachelor’s, she worked for WCIA, a CBS affiliate, as a daily reporter covering the Illinois Capitol during her master’s. These experiences during her learning period helped her make progress as a spokesperson.


After working for the WCIA, she started working for Congressman Scott McInnis (R-CO) in Washington, D.C., where she served as a staff assistant. Following this job, she served four precious years as the press secretary for Rep.

However, in 1998, Dana Perino moved to Great Britain with her husband, Peter McMahon, just after Schaefer announced his retirement. Only after three years, Perino returned to Washington, D.C., and served two years as the spokesperson for the Department of Justice.

After working for the Department of Justice, she was appointed as the Associate director of communications, in 2002, for the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), where her role was to provide necessary advice on media and public relations, message development, and outreach.

Only two months after the September 11 attacks, Perino was hired by the White House chief of staff, Andy Card. At first, she was appointed as the Associate director of communications for the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) but was later promoted to Deputy Press Secretary in 2005.

She served in the position for two years. She was also the Acting White House Press Secretary from March 27, 2007, to April 30, 2007, because of Tony Show’s treatment for colon cancer.

In the same year, on August 31, 2007, Dana Perino was appointed by President George W. Bush as the replacement for Tony Show as he had to resign from the post due to health reasons. So, Perino worked in the same position from September 14, 2007, till the end of the Bush administration in January 2009.

During that period, she also served as the assistant of the President. A year later, on December 14, 2009, for reasons still unknown, a TV journalist, Muntadhar al-Zaidi, threw two shoes at Bush during a Baghdad press conference in which Perino’s eye got injured by a microphone stand. 

After serving in the White House, Dana Perino changed her field of work and became a political commentator on Fox News. Yes! She is also a regular co-host on The Five talk show.

In 2009, in November, President Barack Obama nominated her to serve on the Broadcasting Board of Governors, an agency overseeing government-sponsored international broadcasting. The Senate accepted the nomination on June 30, 2010. 

The same year, she started taking classes in political communications part-time at George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management. During her career, she co-hosted the podcast Perino & Stirewalt: I’ll Tell You What with Chris Stirewalt, which was released weekly until Stirewalt’s firing from the network after the 2020 Presidential Election.

At one point in her career, she was a book publishing executive at Random House. In 2017, she started hosting The Daily Briefing with Dana Perino on Fox News, and much more recently, in 2021, she left this post to co-anchor America’s Newsroom with Bill Hemmer. [Source: Wikipedia]

She often appeared on Fox News with her bodyguard Tyrus.

Relationship, Husband & Children

Dana Perino met the love of her life, Peter McMahon, in 1997 on a flight journey when they were traveling from Denver to Chicago. During that journey only, they interacted for the first time and were attracted to each other.

Dana Perino and her Husband Peter McMahon
Dana Perino and her Husband, Peter McMahon [Image Source: Instagram]

Later, they planned a date at a theatre in New Orleans, where Peter McMahon opened up and proposed to Diana. A year later, the duo married and have been living happily since then. The couple doesn’t have any kids.

However, they do have pets. At times, Dana Perino is known for her pet dog, Jasper, but unfortunately, Jasper died in September 2021, and later, they adopted another Vizsla named Percy.

Currently, she lives in her 11,500-square-foot apartment, which is located in New York, USA. Sources say that she bought this apartment for approximately 16 million dollars.[3]Vizaca

Net Worth

With time, Dana has accumulated considerable wealth, all thanks to her exceptional career. She has worked as a journalist, author, spokesperson, and commentator.

Being one of the top-rated media personalities, she has achieved what many people can only dream of today. According to sources, she has a net worth of 80 million dollars, including her assets worth 26 million dollars and investments of 48 million dollars.

Moreover, her net worth is multiplying over time. Her monthly income is around 1 million dollars, which is 12 million dollars per annum. In addition to that, she possesses as many as five real estate properties, seven luxury cars, and one yacht. [source: unknown]

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Frequently Asked Questions

What Is the age of Dana Perino?

Fox News’s anchor, Dana Perino, is 50 years old as of 2022. Her date of birth is 9 May 1972.

Who was Dana Perino’s first husband?

There is no information about Dana Perino’s first marriage or husband. She met Peter McMahon when she was just 25 years old; before that, Perino was busy in college.

Is Dana Perino a mother?

Dana Perino does not have any children. However, her husband, Peter McMahon, has one son named Barry; and one daughter named Kelly.

What kind of Dog does Dana Perino have?

The breed of Dana Perino’s dog, Jasper, is Vizsla, which is from Hungary. The dogs of the Vizsla breed are loyal companions and sporting dogs. Some other pros of this breed are: Affectionate, Energetic, Loyal, Quiet, and Gentle.[4]Wikipedia

What happened to Dana Perino’s new dog?

Due to cancer, Dana Perino lost her dog or trusted companion Jasper in September 2021. Her dog, Jasper, often got featured on “The Five” and “America’s Newsroom.” Various media outlets covered the death of her dog. In a Facebook post, Dana shared that, since her marriage, she has lost 4 dogs, three of them were due to cancer.[5]Facebook

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