» American political commentator journalist, Dana Perino

Posted On: Feb 23, 2013
Dana Perino is an American political commentator working for Fox News. She is also a book publishing executive at Random House. Her current age is 40 and her height is 1.57m. From September 14, 2007 to January 20, 2009, she served as the White House Press Secretary for the then president George W. Bush. She is recognized as the second female White House Press Secretary to serve during Clinton Administration after Dee Dee Myers.

Perino was born to Jan and Leo Perino on May 9, 1972 in Evanston, Wyoming. She was however brought up in Denver, Colorado. She attended Ponderosa High School in a suburb of Denver. She received a Bachelor’s degree in mass communications in 1994 from Colorado State University-Pueblo. She also has minors in political science and Spanish. At university, she was active in public speaking on the forensics team. She was close with KTSC-TV, the campus-based Rocky mountain PBS affiliate too where she hosted for a weekly summary of Colorado politics called Capitol Journal and produced a weekly public affairs program called Standoff. During her time at college, she used to work at KCCY-FM on the 2 a.m. to 6 a.m. shift. Perino continued to study a masters degree in public affairs from the University of Illinois (UIS) at Springfield. She worked as a daily reporter at WCIA, a CBS affiliate, covering the Illinois Capitol.

Perino worked as a staff assistant for Rep. Scott McInnis (R-CO) in Washington D.C. and then switched to serve as the press secretary for Rep. Dan Schaefer (R-CO) for almost four years till 1998. She was married to Peter Mcmahon in the same year. She then moved to United Kingdom with her husband and resided there for a year. Perino and her husband didn’t have any children as her Peter Mcmahon already had children as well as grandchildren from his previous marriage. They probably didn’t want to add more to the family. But she had a dog called Henry, a Vizsla puppy for company. They moved back to United States and stayed in San Diego, California for three years. It was the time when Perino worked in the high-tech affairs field.

Perino returned to Washington, D.C., and served as a spokesperson for two years at the Department of Justice. She then became the associate director of communications for the White House Council on Environmental Quality. Her role there was to provide strategic advice on message development, media relations and public outreach.