Who is Dana Perino?
Dana Perino is an American political commentator and author. She currently works as a political commentator for Fox News, as well as a co-host of the network’s talk show The Five, and as a book publishing executive at Random House.
She began hosting The Daily Briefing with Dana Perino on Fox News on October 2, 2017. Perino left The Daily Briefing to co-anchor America’s Newsroom with Bill Hemmer in early 2021.
From September 14, 2007, to January 20, 2009, Perino served as President George W. Bush’s 26th White House Press Secretary. She was the second female White House Press Secretary, following Dee Dee Myers, who served during the Clinton Administration.
Dana Perino Age
Perino is 51 years old as of 2023, she was born on May 9, 1972, in Evanston, Wyoming.
Dana Perino Parents
Perino went to Ponderosa High School in Parker, a suburb southeast of Denver for her high school education. She then joined Colorado State University-Pueblo and later graduated with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications and minors in both political science and Spanish.
While there, she was part of the forensics team and worked at the campus-based Rocky Mountain PBS affiliate KTSC-TV and at KCCY-FM on the 2 to 6 a.m. shift. Perino also has a master’s degree in public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois Springfield (UIS).
Dana Perino Salary at FOX News 2023
Perino earns an annual salary of $1 million annually as a political commentator for Fox News as well as a co-host of the network’s talk show The Five.
Dana Perino’s Net Worth
Perino has an estimated net worth of $6 million as of 2023.
Dana Perino Press Secretary Salary
As the press secretary of President George W. Bush between 2007 and 2009, Perino earned an annual salary of between $12,380 to $334,332.
Dana Perino Husband
Perino is married to her husband Peter McMahon who is an English businessman. They met on an airplane on her way to Chicago in 1997.
After dating for almost a year, Peter proposed to her and she agreed to his proposal in a letter. They have been living together in Manhattan with their dog Pacy in Manhattan.
Dana Perino Children
Perino has no children of her own. However, she has four stepchildren from her husband’s previous marriage.
Dana Perino Journalist
Perino began her journalism career while still a college student. She worked for WCIA as a reporter covering the Illinois Capitol while a student at the University of Illinois Springfield (UIS). She had also worked at KTSC-TV and KCCY-FM while at Colorado State University-Pueblo.
Perino was then hired by Congressman Scott McInnis (R-CO) as a staff assistant in Washington D.C. She then served as the press secretary for Rep. Dan Schaefer (R-CO for four years until his retirement in 1998.
Perino moved with her husband to Great Britain but returned to Washington D.C. in November 2001.
She served as a spokesperson for the Department of Justice for two years. Perino then became an associate director of communications for the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), where she provided strategic advice on message development, media relations, and public outreach.
Dana Perino The Five
Perino hosts The Five a Fox News Channel panel talk show where five commentators discuss current events, political issues, and pop culture. The one-hour show debuted on July 11, 2011, and airs live on weekdays at 5 p.m. ET (with a Saturday morning repeat at 5 a.m. ET).
Dana Perino Fox News
Perino had a long career at the White House before joining Fox News as a political commentator. She began hosting The Daily Briefing with Dana Perino in October 2017. She left the show in early 2021 to co-anchor America’s Newsroom with Bill Hemmer.
Perino co-hosts The Five (weekdays 5-6 PM/ET) and co-anchors FOX News Channel’s (FNC) morning news program America’s Newsroom (weekdays 9-11 AM/ET).
She also hosts Dana Perino’s Book Club on FOX Nation, the cable network’s online subscription-based streaming service.
Dana recently hosted “43 Portraits: George W. Bush,” a one-hour Sunday special in which he interviewed former President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush from Dallas.
The in-depth interview was the 43rd president’s first cable news interview as part of his book tour for Out of Many, One: Portraits of America’s Immigrants, which included in-depth interviews with immigrants featured in his paintings.
Perino is a frequent public speaker on political trends, as well as the president of Dana Perino and Company and the founder of Minute Mentoring, a women’s leadership program aimed at developing the next generation of female leaders.
She is involved in global maternal and child health and development through the One Campaign and Mercy Ships, and she assists American veterans suffering from PTSD through Companions for Heroes.