Dana Perino is a known name in the American political clime and equally in the broadcast journalism field. She was formerly the Press Secretary to the White House (from 14th September 2007 through January 2009). She is also the first Republican woman to have served in that capacity after taking over from Tony Snow as President George W. Bush’s press secretary. Prior to that, she had worked in the Department of Justice, meticulously working her way straight into the White House.
After President Bush vacated office, Dana Perino began working for Fox News as their Political Commentator. Besides, she is a co-host of The Five and podcast I’ll Tell You What on Fox News channels. As one of the most enlightened media heads in America, Dana is one of the highly sought after media gurus.
Dana Perino Garnered A Wealth Of Experience In The Journalism Field While In College
Dana Perino was educated at Ponderosa High School, Parker, before she proceeded to Colorado State University, Pueblo, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications as a major, and Political Science and Spanish minors respectively. She then moved on to the University of Illinois, Springfield, where she got her Masters Degree in Public Affairs Reporting.
While at CSU, she was in the forensics team and worked for KTSC – TV, a Rocky Mountain PBS affiliate campus-based station. She also worked as a DJ in KCCY – FM. At UIS, she worked as a daily reporter who covers Illinois for WCIA.
Upon Graduation, She Took Up Diverse Roles In Washington DC
When Dana was done with academics, her first post-school working experience was gotten in the office of Scott McInnis, a member of the Congress, in Washington DC. She worked under him as a staff assistant. Later on, she also worked for another member of the Congress – Dan Schaefer, who was the then Chairman of the House Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power. Dana worked as his secretary for close to four years.
In 2001, she joined the Department of Justice, where she served as their spokesperson for two years. She eventually became the Associate Director of Communications for the White House Council on Environmental Quality.
Joining The White House Staff In 2003, Perino Was Appointed Deputy Press Secretary In 2005
After becoming a member of staff of the White House in 2003 working as the Associate Director of communications, Dana Perino’s work ethic and diligence landed her a new role of Deputy Press Secretary in 2005 and she worked in that capacity for two years before serving as the Acting White House Press Secretary following the former Press Secretary’s health problems.
Eventually, on August 31st, 2007, she assumed office as Press Secretary of the White House to President Geroge W. Bush and doubly as his personal assistant. Dana Perino took over from Tony Snow, who was down with colon cancer, becoming the 24th White House Press Secretary, as well as the second female to be appointed in such position after Dee Dee Myers who served as the White House Press Secretary under Bill Clinton.
Having achieved quite an uncommon feat, Perino attained worldwide recognition with her role during the George W. Bush administration. Afterwards, she served as a member of the Broadcasting Board of Governors for two years after being appointed by the former US President, Barack Obama in June 2010. In the same year, she had a part-time lecturing gig at George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management where she lectured on political communications.
She Has Been Associated With Fox News For Over a Decade
The media personality now works for Fox News Channel where she serves as host of weekday segments like The Five. Upon vacating her role in the White House, Dana Perino started working for Fox News as a political commentator. Later in September 2016, she launched a podcast titled Perino & Stirewalt: I’ll Tell You What alongside Chris Stirewalt and it airs on Fox News channel as a weekly limited series.
Then in the next year, Dana’s role on the TV network was expanded as she began serving as the host of her own show titled The Daily Briefing with Dana Perino and has continued hosting the show to date.
The TV Personality Is Also a Best-selling Author
Amazingly, Dana Perino is a New York Times bestselling author. Her books include “Let Me Tell You About Jasper… How My Best friend Became Americans Dog” (2016) and “The Good News Is… Lessons and Advice from Bright Side” (2015). She additionally works as a Random House’s book publishing executive.
Aside from being a press woman, television host, and news correspondent, she has been involved in many humanitarian projects. She once volunteered as a worker at the HIV/AIDS comprehensive treatment center in South Africa around 2009. She also mentored young women on the right path of career to choose under the organization she founded called Minute Mentoring.
The Former White House Press Secretary Has Made A Fortune From Her Career
In 2014, her show, The Five, a Fox News discussion panel, was rated as the third most-watched program on all cable news channels. Hence, as an acclaimed media head, part-time lecturer, best-selling author, and a former Press Secretary to the White House, her earnings are expected to be mouth-watering. Her net worth is pegged at $6 million, as a Press Secretary, she earned about $172.2K annually as salary.
She Met Her Husband Of Over Two Decades On A Plane
On one beautiful day while on a commercial plane in August 1997, Dana met her husband, Peter McMahon. The two connected instantly and got romantically involved afterwards. Eleven months after they first met, precisely in July 1998, the lovebirds got married. The businessman Peter Mcmahon was born in Blackpool, Lancashire, England, on 6th June 1964. He was in the line of marketing and sales of medical products before founding a consulting firm where he serves as the Executive Management Consultant.
Peter had been married two times before he met Dana Perino. The businessman is eighteen years older than Perino but that has not in any way affected their relationship. Although the couple is yet to welcome any child together, Peter has children from his last marriage and is also a proud grandfather.
The Lovely Couple Are Avid Dog Lovers
Even though Dana and Peter are yet to have any offspring of their own for more than two decades they’ve been together, they have a wonderful dog named Jasper. Jasper, their popular dog, was born on 16th April 2012. They love to dress and flaunt her on their social media pages. Dana previously had another dog, a retriever from Scotland named Henry, sadly the dog died on 25th March 2012.