Dana Marie Perino is a political analyst from America. She is usually called a political pundit, who has a wide knowledge about the subject and is from the Republican Political Party. Perino worked under George W. Bush from September2007 to January 2009 as the 27th White House Press Secretary. Being the second female White House Press Secretary after Dee Dee Myers, Perino currently works for Fox News as a political commentator. She is also a book publishing executive at Random House, and serving as the co-host of the network’s talk show The Five.
Early Life and Background
Born on 9th May, 1972, in Evanston, Wyoming, Perino is the daughter of Janice and Leo Perino. She grew up in Denver, Colorado. Her paternal grandparents were immigrants from Italy. She did her schooling from Ponderosa High School in Parker, Colorado and graduated from Colorado State University-Pueblo in 1993. She received the bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication and has minor degrees in Spanish and Political Science. She obtained a Master’s degree in public affairs reporting from University of Illinois Springfield (UIS).
During her time at UIS, she also worked as a daily reporter and covered Illinois Capitol. Perino then worked in Washington D.C as a staff assistant for Rep. Scott McInnis and served for four years as the press secretary under Dan Schaefer. In 2001, Perino secured a position in the Department of Justice as a spokesperson. She worked there for two years under that post.
She soon joined the White house as an Associate Director for White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) for strategic advice on message development, public outreach and media relations. From 2005-07, she served as the Deputy Press Secretary.
In 2007, Bush has announced that Perino would be replacing Tony Snow as he resigned due health reasons. This promoted her to the “Assistant to President” Post till 2009, when Bush administration ended.
After her work as the assistant secretary, she continued as the political commentator for Fox News shows. She is a co-host for a show called The Five. In the year 2009, Perino was chosen as a candidate Broadcasting Board of Governors by President Barack Obama. The senate confirmed it on June 2010.
Dana Perino – Husband
Dana Perino met Peter McMahon, in 1996. McMahon works as a businessman selling and marketing medical products overseas. They married in 1998 but don’t have any children. This is McMahon’s third marriage and Perino’s first. McMahon has children from his previous marriage and he is a grandfather too. She is eighteen years younger than her husband.
In 2013, the 1.57 meter tall Perino was quoted saying something against the atheists (people who don’t believe in God). She said that she was tired of them and that if they have a problem living under god, they don’t deserve to live here (America).
People reacted to it with glaring eyes as they questioned her about people’s freedom of choice and belief.
Dana Perino – Salary and Net Worth
Perino’s estimated net worth according to the 2016 reports is $4 million dollars. She had a salary of $170,000 as the White House Press Secretary and $ 260,000 when she worked for Fox News.
Dana Perino – Book
Her book ‘And the Good News Is…: Lessons and Advice from the Bright Side’ is a best-seller. It has anecdotes and interesting incidents from her life. She has also lain bare her private life where she talks about how some of her ‘well wishers’ had asked her to think twice about her marriage to Peter McMohan, and how she decided to listen to her conscience, instead. She has also written another book called ‘Let me tell you about Jasper‘, a moving as well as entertaining story of her dog.