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Dana Perino

Dana Perino
Perino at a daily press briefing on September 17, 2007.
27th White House Press Secretary
In office
September 14, 2007 – January 20, 2009
President George W. Bush
Preceded by Tony Snow
Succeeded by Robert Gibbs
Personal details
Born Dana Marie Perino[1]
(1972-05-09) May 9, 1972
Evanston, Wyoming, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Peter McMahon
Alma mater Colorado State University-Pueblo
University of Illinois at Springfield

Dana Marie Perino[1] (born May 9, 1972) is an American Dee Dee Myers who served during the Clinton Administration.[2] She is currently a political commentator for Fox News, while also serving as a co-host of the network's talk show The Five, and is a book publishing executive at Random House.


  • Early life and career 1
  • Press Secretary 2
  • Post-Bush administration career 3
  • Personal life 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Early life and career

Perino was born in Evanston, Wyoming, the daughter of Janice "Jan" and Leo Perino,[3] and grew up in Denver, Colorado.[4] Two of her paternal great-grandparents were Italian immigrants.[5][6][7] She attended Ponderosa High School in Parker, Colorado, a suburb of Denver.[4] Perino graduated from Colorado State University-Pueblo (CSU-Pueblo) in 1993 with a bachelor's degree in mass communications and minors in both political science and Spanish.[2] While attending CSU-Pueblo, she was on the forensics team. She also worked at KTSC-TV, the campus-based Rocky Mountain PBS affiliate,[8] where she served as host of Capitol Journal, a weekly summary of Colorado politics, and produced Standoff, a weekly public affairs program. While at college, she also worked at KCCY-FM on the 2 a.m. to 6 a.m. shift.[9] Perino went on to obtain a masters degree in public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois Springfield (UIS).[10] During her time at UIS, she also worked for WCIA, a CBS affiliate, as a daily reporter covering the Illinois Capitol.[11]

Perino next worked in Washington, D.C., for Rep. Scott McInnis (R-CO) of Colorado 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.[8][12]

After Schaefer announced his retirement in 1998, Perino and husband Peter McMahon moved to Britain.[4] After a year there, Perino and McMahon moved back to the United States and resided in San Diego, California, for three years. During that time, Perino worked in the field of high-tech public affairs.

In November 2001, Perino returned to Washington, D.C., and secured a position as a spokesperson for the Department of Justice,[13] at which she served for two years.[14]

Perino then joined the White House staff as the associate director of communications for the White House

Political offices
Preceded by
Tony Snow
White House Press Secretary
Succeeded by
Robert Gibbs
  • Fox News profile
  • Appearances on C-SPAN

External links

  1. ^ a b The Five, March 10, 2014
  2. ^ a b Keller, Susan Jo (November 26, 2007). "Dana Perino". The New York Times. Retrieved March 24, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Dana Perino: Press Job Like Herding Cattle". Retrieved 2012-06-15. 
  4. ^ a b c Barge, Chris (March 31, 2007). "Coloradan steps right into the media spotlight".  
  5. ^ Ruffino, Elissa (2008). "White house press secretary dana perino to address public policy lecture series".  
  6. ^ "Dana Perino – Voce Italiana Online – Washington DC". 2004-01-01. Retrieved 2012-06-15. 
  7. ^ Dana Perino Interview: "Minute Mentoring Interview with Janice Perino (a.k.a. My Mom)" March 28, 2013
  8. ^ a b Zaletel, Cora (January 18, 2009). "White House Press Secretary to present Spring commencement address at CSU-Pueblo".  
  9. ^ "Perino’s Faux Pas: Brian’s Boner Recalled". Retrieved 25 August 2012. 
  10. ^ "Dana Perino – U of I grad makes good".  
  11. ^ "Dana Perino – UIS grad makes good".  
  12. ^ Baxter, Sarah (December 14, 2007). "Bush's cool blonde is a northern gran". London: The Times. Archived from the original on Sep 18, 2008. Retrieved 2007-12-14. 
  13. ^ Roberts, Michael (19 Sep 2007). "New Forecast". Denver Westwood News. 
  14. ^ Brass, Kevin (21 Sep 2007). "Media Watch: The Improbable Rise of Dana Perino". Retrieved 17 Dec 2008. 
  15. ^ Marshall, Christa (31 Aug 2007). "Coloradan takes over for Tony Snow". PoliticsWest, The Denver Post. 
  16. ^ "Dana Perino – Assistant to the President and Press Secretary". U.S. Government. Retrieved 17 Dec 2008. 
  17. ^ "Political Interference With Climate Change Science Under the Bush Administration" (PDF).  
  18. ^  
  19. ^ """White House Press Secretary Dana Perino plays a game called "You're Cast Away on the Island of Misfit Toys.. 
  20. ^  
  21. ^ Nizza, Mike (December 10, 2007). "Nobody’s Perfect: Press Secretary Edition". New York Times. Retrieved 2007-12-14. 
  22. ^ "Sole Survivor". Checkpoint Baghdad. 2008-12-14. Retrieved 2008-12-14. 
  23. ^ "Bush ducks flying shoes during Iraq visit". CTV Television Network. 2008-12-14. Retrieved 2008-12-14. 
  24. ^ "Iraqi Journalist Hurls Shoes at Bush". The New York Times. 2008-12-15. Retrieved 2008-12-15. 
  25. ^ "Dana M. Perino". The Washington Post. Retrieved September 14, 2010. 
  26. ^ "Obama taps former Bush aide to key government post", AFP, Nov. 19, 2009. Footnote augmented 2010-03-14.
  27. ^ Kane, Paul (June 30, 2010). "Former Bush, Reid aides approved for broadcasting board". The Washington Post. Retrieved July 13, 2010. 
  28. ^ "Former White House Press Secretary Dana Perino to Teach at GW's Graduate School of Political Management".  
  29. ^ "Dana Perino Appointed Editorial Director of Crown Forum". 
  30. ^ "Dana Perino's 'Jeopardy!' performance". 2012-05-16. Retrieved 2012-06-15. 


In May 2012 Perino appeared on Jeopardy! during its "Power Players" week, facing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and CNBC's David Faber.[30]

Perino met her future husband, Peter McMahon, in 1996. McMahon, born in Blackpool, Lancashire, England, is a businessman involved in the international marketing and sales of medical products. They were married in 1998. It is Perino's first marriage and McMahon's third. While Perino and McMahon have no children, McMahon has children from his previous marriage as well as two grandchildren.

Personal life

[29], 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.Crown Publishing Group In March 2011 the [28] Since leaving the White House, Perino became a political

Post-Bush administration career

On December 14, 2008, a TV journalist, Muntadar al-Zeidi, 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-Zeidi's arrest.[22][23][24][25]

In 2007, during an appearance as the week's celebrity guest on the radio quiz show Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!,[19] Perino shared that she had once panicked during a White house press briefing when a reporter referred to the Cuban Missile Crisis because she didn't know what it was. "I was panicked a bit because I really don’t know about . . . the Cuban Missile Crisis. It had to do with Cuba and missiles, I'm pretty sure. I came home and I asked my husband. I said, 'Wasn't that like the Bay of Pigs thing?’ And he said, 'Oh, Dana.'"[20][21]

On August 31, 2007, Bush announced that Snow would be resigning his post for health reasons and that Perino would become his replacement. Perino was accordingly promoted to the rank of Assistant to the President, and served as White House Press Secretary from September 14, 2007 until the end of the Bush Administration in January 2009.

From March 27 to April 30, 2007 she was the Acting White House Press Secretary while Tony Snow underwent treatment for colon cancer.

Perino served as Deputy Press Secretary from 2005 to 2007. She was hired by Scott McClellan. In the role, Perino communicated many times a day with President Bush's director of communications, his press secretary and his director of media affairs, as well as serving as the spokesperson for the White House on environmental issues. In addition, she served as the coordinator for all agencies on environment, energy and natural resource issues, as well as reviewing and approving the agencies' major announcements,

Dana Perino, Tony Snow

Press Secretary


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