Dana Perino was a former Press Secretary to the White House (from 14th September 2007 through January 2009). She is the first Republican woman to have served in that capacity after taking over from Tony Snow as President George W. Bush Jr’s press secretary. Prior to that, she had worked as the Department of Justice spokesperson in November 2001, meticulously working her way straight into the White House.
After President Bush vacated office, she was recommended to work as one of the Broadcasting Board of Governors by President Barack Obama and the recommendation was upheld by the Senate in June 2010.
Dana Perino works with 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, she is one of the highly sought after media gurus. Learn more about this media strategist in the paragraphs below.
Dana Perino’s Bio
Dana Marie Perino was born on the 9th of May, 1972. She was born in Evanston, Wyoming, USA but grew up in Colorado. Her father – Leo Perino, who was born on 16th April 1943, had a retail shop in Denver. Her mother – Jan Perino, worked as a marketer for a private nursing home. She has two siblings – a brother and a sister. Even though her brother’s name is off the records, her sister Angie Perino was born in 1986.
The young Dana 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. She also worked as a DJ in KCCY – FM. At UIS, she worked as a daily reporter who covers Illinois for WCIA. When she’s done with academics, her first post-school working experience was gotten in the office of Scott McInnis, a member of the Congress, in Washington. Later on, she also worked for another member of the Congress – Dan Schaefer, as his secretary.
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.
Eventually, on August 31st, 2007, she assumed office as Press Secretary of the White House to President Geroge W. Bush Jr and doubly as his personal assistant. Dana Perino took over from Tony Snow, who was down with colon cancer.
The media personality now works for Fox News Channel where she serves as host of weekday segments like The Five, The Daily Briefing and I’ll Tell You What!
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).
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.
Net Worth and Salary of The Former White House Press Secretary
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 avid humanitarian, 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. As of now, her net worth is pegged at $6 million, as a Press Secretary, she earned about $172.2K annually as salary.
Who Is Dana Perino’s Husband?
On one beautiful day while on a commercial plane in August 1997, Dana met her husband, Peter McMahon. Eleven months later, on July 1998, they got married. The businessman Peter Mcmahon was born in Blackpool, Lancashire, England, on 6th June 1964. He is in the line of marketing and sales of medical products.
Peter had been married two times before he met Dana Perino. The businessman is eighteen years older than Dana Perino but that has not in any way affected their relationship. Even though they are yet to have any offspring of their own for more than two decades they’ve been together, they have a wonderful dog they both dot on called Jasper. Notably, Peter has his own children from his last marriage and he is even a proud grandfather too.
Jasper, their popular dog, was born on 16th April 2012. They love to dress and flaunt her on their social media handles. Sadly, Jasper was not Dana only dog she has had, Henry the dog, a twelve-year-old retriever from Scotland, was also her dog that died on 25th March 2012.