Dana Perino is a popular political analyst based in US. She is a political commentator with Fox News and co-host of the popular program ‘Five’. She also worked as a publishing executive with Random House. Between 2007 and 2009, she served as the White house Press Secretary for George W. Bush, who was then the US President. She was the only second White House Press Secretary female personality ever after Dee Dee Myers who served in time of Clinton Administration. Perino also served for WCIA, a CBS affiliate; where she was a daily reporter on news in Illinois Capitol.
Dana Perino – Early Life and Education
Perino was born on May 9, 1972 in Evanston, Wyoming. She grew up in Denver, Colorado. Perino graduated from Colorado State University where she obtained a Mass Communication degree. She joined University of Illinois where she completed postgraduate studies in Public Affairs Reporting.
Perino attended Ponderosa High School where she was a star in the debate team, and an honor student. She was also a senior class president. When she enrolled in University of Southern Colorado in Pueblo, which is today known as Colorado State University-Pueblo she continued to display her debate dexterity.
Since her time in college, Perino was focused on being a reporter. She was even the host of University campus-based public TV station. Perino also produced a weekly public affair TV program on the same television channel called Standoff.
In Denver, she worked as late-night DJ in a country music station. Graduating in 1994 with a Bachelor’s degree, Perino went ahead to take a Masters degree at University of Southern Illinois, Springfield in public affair reporting. When studying her Masters degree she got the opportunity for an intern where she covered Capitol of Illinois for WCIA television still handling public affairs reporting.
She was assigned a reporter for coverage of the trail case that involved a young boy murdered in the city. After obtaining her Masters in 1995, she switched gears and entered politics.
Dana Perino – Rise in her Career
Perino worked in Washington, D.C. as a staff assistant for Rep. Scott McInnis of Colorado before joining the office of Rep. Dan Schaefer where she served for nearly four years in the position of press secretary. When Schaefer announced he would retire in 1998, Perino moved to Britain together with her husband McMahon. They spend a year in Britain before they got back to US to reside in San Diego, California where she worked in high tech public affairs.
She joined White House staff where she was an associate director of communications with the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ). In this position, she helped provide strategic advice on media relations, public outreach, and message development.
Perino also served as the Deputy Press Secretary in the period between 2005 and 2007. In August 31 2007, she was promoted to be Assistant to the President, George W. Bush taking the position of White House Press Secretary until the end of Bush Administration in 2009.
Dana Perino – Husband and Children
The 1.57 meter tall Perino met Peter McMohan for the first time in 1996. He is a businessman dealing in marketing and sales of medical products worldwide. The couple got married in 1998. Though Perino does not have any children, McMohan has kids from his previous marriage. The age difference between the two is 18 years.
Dana Perino net worth and salary
Her net work is estimated to be 4 million. At White House, her salary was $172,000 and in Fox News, she has a salary of over $250,000 a year.
Dana Perino – Book
Her book ‘And the Good News Is…: Lessons and Advice from the Bright Side’ is a no.1 New York Times best-seller. She has also written another book called ‘Let me tell you about Jasper‘, which is a feel-good story about her dog.