Dana Perino
Dana Perino (25238814459).jpg
Perino in 2016
Member of the Broadcasting Board of Governors
In office
June 30, 2010 – December 31, 2012
Appointed byBarack Obama
Preceded byTed Kaufman
Succeeded byMatt Armstrong
26th White House Press Secretary
In office
September 14, 2007 – January 20, 2009
PresidentGeorge W. Bush
DeputyTony Fratto
Preceded byTony Snow
Succeeded byRobert Gibbs
White House Deputy Press Secretary
In office
2005 – September 14, 2007
PresidentGeorge W. Bush
LeaderScott McClellan
Tony Snow
Preceded byScott McClellan
Succeeded byTony Fratto
Personal details
Dana Marie Perino

(1972-05-09) May 9, 1972 (age 51)
Evanston, Wyoming, U.S.
Peter McMahon
(m. 1998)
EducationColorado State University Pueblo (BA)
University of Illinois Springfield (MA)

Dana Marie Perino[1] (born May 9, 1972) is an American political commentator and author who served as the 26th White House Press Secretary, under President George W. Bush from September 14, 2007, to January 20, 2009. She was the second female White House Press Secretary, after Dee Dee Myers, who served during the Clinton administration.[2]

Perino is a political commentator for Fox News, while also serving as a co-host of the network's talk show The Five, and was a book publishing executive at Random House. On October 2, 2017, she began hosting The Daily Briefing with Dana Perino on Fox News.[3] In early 2021, Perino left The Daily Briefing to co-anchor America's Newsroom with Bill Hemmer.[4] In May of 2023, Dana was awarded an honorary doctorate of Humane Letters from CSU Pueblo, her alma mater. [5]

Early life and career

Born in Evanston, Wyoming on May 9, 1972,[2] she grew up in Denver, Colorado.[6] Two of her paternal great-grandparents were Italian immigrants.[7][8][9] She attended Ponderosa High School in Parker, a suburb southeast of Denver.[6] Perino graduated from Colorado State University Pueblo with a bachelor's degree in mass communications and minors in both political science and Spanish.[2] She was on the university's forensics team and worked at KTSC-TV, the campus-based Rocky Mountain PBS affiliate.[10] She also worked at KCCY-FM on the 2 to 6 a.m. shift.[11] Perino went on to obtain a master's degree in public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois Springfield (UIS).[12] During her time at UIS, she also worked for WCIA, a CBS affiliate, as a daily reporter covering the Illinois Capitol.[13]

Perino next worked in Washington, D.C. for Congressman Scott McInnis (R-CO) as a staff assistant before serving nearly four years as the press secretary for Rep. Dan Schaefer (R-CO), who then chaired the House Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power.[10][14]

After Schaefer announced his retirement in 1998, Perino and husband Peter McMahon moved to Great Britain.[6]

In November 2001, Perino returned to Washington, D.C., and secured a position as a spokesperson for the Department of Justice,[15] at which she served for two years.[16]

Perino then joined the White House staff as the 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.[17][18] The House Oversight Committee, chaired by Rep. Edolphus Towns (D-NY), claimed in its findings on climate change censorship, that the CEQ exerted undue control of media relations in governmental scientific agencies during her tenure.[19]

Press secretary

Dana Perino, George W. Bush, and Tony Snow
Dana Perino, George W. Bush, and Tony Snow

Perino was hired by White House chief of staff Andy Card two months after the September 11 attacks. Initially, she was associate director of communications for the White House CEQ in 2002.[20]

Perino served as Deputy Press Secretary from 2005 to 2007. From March 27 through April 30, 2007, she was the Acting White House Press Secretary while Tony Snow underwent treatment for colon cancer.[21]

On August 31, 2007, President George W. Bush announced that Snow would be resigning his post for health reasons and that Perino would become his replacement.[22] Perino served as Assistant to the President and as White House Press Secretary from September 14, 2007, until the end of the Bush administration in January 2009.[23][24]

On December 14, 2008, a TV journalist, Muntadhar al-Zaidi, threw two shoes at Bush during a Baghdad press conference. Bush successfully dodged both, but Perino's eye was injured by a microphone stand during the commotion surrounding al-Zaidi's arrest.[25][26][27][23]

Post-Bush administration career

Perino speaking at the 2016 Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C.
Perino speaking at the 2016 Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C.

Since leaving the White House, Perino became a political commentator on Fox News. She is a regular co-host on the talk show, The Five. In November 2009, she was nominated by President Barack Obama to serve on the Broadcasting Board of Governors, an agency overseeing government-sponsored international broadcasting,[28] and was confirmed by the Senate on June 30, 2010.[29] In 2010, she started teaching a class in political communications part-time at George Washington University's Graduate School of Political Management.[30] In March 2011 the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc., announced that Perino had joined its books imprint Crown Forum as Editorial Director but she has since left this position.[31]

Beginning September 18, 2016, Perino's podcast Perino & Stirewalt: I'll Tell You What, co-hosted with Chris Stirewalt, premiered as a weekly limited series on the Fox News Channel. A new show was released weekly until Stirewalt's firing from the network after the 2020 Presidential Election.

Personal life

Perino met her future husband, English-born Peter McMahon, in August 1997. They were married in 1998.[32] In May 2012, Perino appeared on Jeopardy! during its "Power Players" week, facing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and CNBC's David Faber.[33]

Perino has been a resident of Bay Head, New Jersey.[34] Dana is also known for her dog Jasper, a Vizsla. Jasper died on September 4, 2021.[35] A few months later, Dana announced on the Fox News Channel that she and her husband Peter adopted another Vizsla named Percy.[36]

See also



  1. ^ The Five : FOXNEWSW : March 10, 2014 2:00pm-3:01pm PDT, FOXNEWSW, March 10, 2014, retrieved January 28, 2021((citation)): CS1 maint: others (link)
  2. ^ a b c Keller, Susan Jo (November 26, 2007). "Dana Perino". The New York Times. Archived from the original on June 2, 2010.
  3. ^ "DETAILS: Fox News Channel to Launch New Daytime Lineup". Fox News Insider. September 26, 2017. Retrieved September 27, 2017.
  4. ^ "Dana Perino co-hosts America's Newsroom with Bill Hemmer". Retrieved March 22, 2021.
  5. ^ "Colorado State University Pueblo Announces Dana Perino as 2023 Commencement Speaker". CSU Pueblo. January 30, 2023. Retrieved May 15, 2023.
  6. ^ a b c Barge, Chris (March 31, 2007). "Coloradan steps right into the media spotlight". Rocky Mountain News. Archived from the original on March 27, 2008. Retrieved March 24, 2010.
  7. ^ Ruffino, Elissa (2008). "White house press secretary dana perino to address public policy lecture series". National Italian American Foundation. Archived from the original on July 16, 2011. Retrieved March 25, 2010.
  8. ^ "Dana Perino – Voce Italiana Online – Washington DC". Voceitaliana.com. January 1, 2004. Archived from the original on September 2, 2013. Retrieved June 15, 2012.
  9. ^ Dana Perino Interview: "Minute Mentoring Interview with Janice Perino (a.k.a. My Mom)" March 28, 2013
  10. ^ a b Zaletel, Cora (January 18, 2009). "White House Press Secretary to present Spring commencement address at CSU Pueblo". Colorado State University Pueblo. Retrieved March 24, 2010.[dead link]
  11. ^ "Perino's Faux Pas: Brian's Boner Recalled". wordpress.com. Retrieved August 25, 2012.
  12. ^ "Dana Perino – U of I grad makes good". University of Illinois Alumni Association. Fall 2007. Archived from the original on February 27, 2013. Retrieved March 24, 2010.
  13. ^ "Dana Perino – UIS grad makes good". University of Illinois Alumni Association. Fall 2007. Archived from the original on February 27, 2013. Retrieved March 24, 2010.
  14. ^ Baxter, Sarah (December 14, 2007). "Bush's cool blonde is a northern gran". The Times. London. Archived from the original on September 18, 2008. Retrieved December 14, 2007.
  15. ^ Roberts, Michael (September 19, 2007). "New Forecast". Denver Westwood News.
  16. ^ Brass, Kevin (September 21, 2007). "Media Watch: The Improbable Rise of Dana Perino". Retrieved December 17, 2008.
  17. ^ Marshall, Christa (August 31, 2007). "Coloradan takes over for Tony Snow". PoliticsWest, The Denver Post. Archived from the original on July 15, 2011.
  18. ^ "Dana Perino – Assistant to the President and Press Secretary". U.S. Government. Retrieved December 17, 2008.
  19. ^ "Political Interference With Climate Change Science Under the Bush Administration" (PDF). United States House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. December 2007. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 5, 2010. Retrieved June 26, 2010.
  20. ^ Goldsmith, Jan (September 21, 2021). "Someone San Diego Should Know: Dana Perino". San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved December 8, 2021.
  21. ^ Abramowitz, Michael (September 1, 2007). "Tony Snow Resigns as White House Spokesman". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved July 24, 2018.
  22. ^ "White House Daily Briefing". C-SPAN. August 31, 2007. Retrieved February 8, 2017.
  23. ^ a b "Dana M. Perino". The Washington Post. Retrieved July 24, 2018.
  24. ^ Carswell, Sue (December 2008). "Dana Perino's Ready for a Glass of Red Wine". Vanity Fair. Retrieved February 8, 2017.
  25. ^ "Sole Survivor". Checkpoint Baghdad. December 14, 2008. Retrieved December 14, 2008.
  26. ^ "Bush ducks flying shoes during Iraq visit". CTV Television Network. December 14, 2008. Archived from the original on December 15, 2008. Retrieved December 14, 2008.
  27. ^ "Iraqi Journalist Hurls Shoes at Bush". The New York Times. December 15, 2008. Archived from the original on June 25, 2017. Retrieved December 15, 2008.
  28. ^ "Obama taps former Bush aide to key government post", AFP, November 19, 2009. Footnote augmented March 14, 2010.
  29. ^ Kane, Paul (June 30, 2010). "Former Bush, Reid aides approved for broadcasting board". The Washington Post. Retrieved July 13, 2010.
  30. ^ "Former White House Press Secretary Dana Perino to Teach at GW's Graduate School of Political Management". George Washington University. July 14, 2010. Archived from the original on July 22, 2010. Retrieved July 14, 2010.
  31. ^ "Dana Perino Appointed Editorial Director of Crown Forum". Archived from the original on January 14, 2012. Retrieved August 5, 2012.
  32. ^ Justich, Kerry (November 14, 2018). "How Fox News' Dana Perino met her husband by chance on an airplane: 'He's cute, and he's not wearing a wedding ring, and he has a British accent'". Yahoo! News. Retrieved December 8, 2021.
  33. ^ "Dana Perino's 'Jeopardy!' performance". Video.foxnews.com. May 16, 2012. Retrieved June 15, 2012.
  34. ^ Cotter, Kelly-Jane. "Coronavirus NJ: Fox News with Dana Perino, and her dog, broadcasts from Bay Head", Asbury Park Press, April 10, 2020. Accessed April 11, 2020. "Like many broadcast journalists, Fox News anchor Dana Perino now does this every day. Since March, when the COVID-19 pandemic prompted social isolation measures in New York City, Perino has been broadcasting remotely from her home in Bay Head."
  35. ^ "Dana Perino: Goodbye, Jasper". Fox News. September 6, 2021.
  36. ^ "Dana Perino: America, meet Percy Vizsla". Fox News. November 8, 2021.
Political offices Preceded byTony Snow White House Press Secretary 2007–2009 Succeeded byRobert Gibbs