• Dana is of part-Italian ancestry
• She owned a retriever for 12 years and now has a dog named Jasper
• She was a staff assistant to Congressman Scott McInnis and press secretary for Dan Schaefer
• She was appointed Deputy Press Secretary by Scott McClellan and White House Press Secretary by George Bush
• She is a political commentator and TV host and has a net worth of over $4 million

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Short Info

Net Worth$4 Million
Date Of BirthMay 9, 1972
SpousePeter McMahon
FactOn April 14, 2009, it was announced that she will join Burson-Marsteller, a global public relations firm, as chief issues counselor.

Born Dana Marie Perino on the 9th May 1972, in Evanston, Wyoming USA, and is a political commentator and TV host, but best known to the world as White House Press Secretary under George Bush’s administration, only the second female to hold this appointment.

Early Life and Education

Of part-Italian ancestry through her father’s family, Dana was born to Janice and Leo Perino, and has a younger sister and a younger brother. She and her siblings grew up in Denver, Colorado, where Dana received her high school education from Ponderosa High School, and after matriculation enrolled at Colorado State University-Pueblo, from which she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in mass communication, with minors in Spanish and political science. She later furthered her studies at the University of Illinois, Springfield, from which she obtained a master’s degree in public affairs.

Career Beginnings

Dana started honing her professional skills while at Colorado State University, serving on the forensics team and also working at KTSC-TV and KCCY-FM on the 2 to 6 am shift. Then she started working for WCIA, which is a CBS affiliate, where she served as a daily reporter with a focus on covering the Illinois Capitol.

After Dana finished her education, she moved to Washington DC where she became a staff assistant to Congressman Scott McInnis, then became press secretary for Dan Schaefer, serving in the position for the next four years until Schaefer retired in 1998, when Dana moved to Great Britain with her husband.

She spent three years in Great Britain and upon her return to the USA, she was hired as a spokesperson for the Department of Justice, holding the position for the next two years which certainly benefited her net worth, and then in 2003 became the associate director of communications for the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ).

White House Career

In 2005, Dana was appointed as Deputy Press Secretary by Scott McClellan; in the next two years she would often communicate with President Bush’s director of communications, press secretary, and other important figures, while she also served as the spokesperson for the White House on environmental issues, thanks to her previous experience with CEQ. At this time, Tony Snow was the Press Secretary, but once he was diagnosed with colon cancer and had to take time off to receive treatment, Dana was appointed as the Acting White House Press Secretary from 27th March until the end of April 2007. In August the same year, Snow resigned because of his illness, and Bush named Perino as his permanent Press Secretary, remaining in the post until the end of Bush’s tenure in January 2009.

Political Commentator

After the Bush administration ended, Dana became a political commentator, and joined the Fox News network, becoming a huge part of the network, serving as the co-host of the show “The Five” since 2011, and also as co-hostess of the show “Fox and Friends” since 2012, while she has also contributed to such shows as “Special Report with Bret Baier”, then “The Kennedy Show”, “The Story with Martha MacCallum”, “The Jelly File”, “Fox News Sunday”, and many others. Furthermore, she now has her own show “The Daily Briefing with Dana Perino”  since 2017, while also co-hosting the show “Perino & Stirewalt: I’ll Tell You What” with Chris Stirewalt, which previously was a podcast production.

Have You Wondered How Rich Dana Perino Is?

Since launching her career, Dana has become one of the most praised political commentators and has held a number of important positions in her career, which have consistently increased her net worth, and she now has a salary of $250,000 per year. Furthermore, her net worth is estimated by authoritative sources at over $4 million.

Life Behind the Scenes

Dana met her future husband, Peter McMahon, an English businessman who owns companies in the area of international marketing and sales of medical products, in 1996, and just two years later the two were married. They went to England, but after three years, returned to the states and settled in Washington, where they still reside.

Social Media Presence

Dana has become popular on the internet too, managing to expand her influence to social media platforms, especially her official Twitter account, which now has more than 1.75 million followers. She has shared her work success with her most loyal fans, including her story about Facebook owner Mark Zuckerberg, while also sharing details from her personal life, such as the love she feels for her dog.

Amazing Facts You Didn’t Know About Dana Perino

  • Dana is of part-Italian ancestry – her father’s parents migrated to the US.
  • She owned a retriever for 12 years before he died on the 25th March 2012.
  • She now has a dog named Jasper, born on the 16th April 2012.
  • She is good friends with lawyer and former National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley.
  • Dana was a part of the high school speech team.
  • She is a big fan of the singer/songwriter Dierks Bentley.

General Info

Full NameDana Perino
Net Worth$4 Million
Salary$4 Million
Date Of BirthMay 9, 1972
Height1.57 m
ProfessionJournalist, Author, Talk show host, Official, Commentator, Spokesperson
EducationColorado State University–Pueblo, Ponderosa High School, University of Illinois at Springfield


SpousePeter McMahon
ParentsLeo Perino, Jan Perino
SiblingsAngie Perino


TV ShowsThe Five

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1Favorite Christmas movie: Love Actually (2003).
2One of her jobs, while attending college, was as a country music DJ, working from 2 to 8 A.M.
3Some of her favorite TV shows, as a kid, were The Gong Show (1976) and Schoolhouse Rock! (1973).
4When she was age 6, she dressed up as "Big Bird" for Halloween. Another year, she dressed up as "Wonder Woman". Both times, she had to wear a burgundy coat over her costume since there was a blizzard in her Colorado hometown.
5Her sister, Angie Perino, and Ben were married on July 28, 2012.
6Friend of Stephen Hadley.
7Her father grew up in Aurora, Colorado, scene of the movie theater massacre on July 20, 2012.
8Her new dog, Jasper, was born on April 16, 2012.
9Her dog, Henry, died on March 25, 2012.
10Sister, Angie Perino, and Ben became engaged on February 10, 2012, with the wedding set for Summer 2012.
11Was on her high school speech team.
12Has a brother and a younger sister, Angie Perino (born on March 21, 1986).
13Former gymnast.
14Fan of Dierks Bentley.
15Her mother did marketing for a private nursing home and her father, Leo Perino (born on April 16, 1943), had a convenience store in Denver.
16Had tried out as a barrel racer while growing up in Wyoming.
17Writes a commentary in the Washington Post.
18Founder and president of Dana Perino & Co., a strategic communications firm.
19Has a 12-year-old dog, a retriever, which she got from Scotland and named Henry [May 2010].
20Her mentor was Tony Snow.
21Fox News contributor.
22On April 14, 2009, it was announced that she will join Burson-Marsteller, a global public relations firm, as chief issues counselor.
23In 1997, while on a commercial flight, met her future husband, Peter McMahon. McMahon, born on June 6, 1954 in Blackpool, Lancashire, England, is a businessman involved in the marketing and sales of medical products. They were married eleven months later.
24Her aunt and uncle own a bowling alley in Rawlins, Wyoming.
25She was the 27th White House Press Secretary from September 14, 2007 to January 20, 2009.
26She is Italian American.



The Five2011-2017TV SeriesHerself - Co-Hostess / Herself
America's News Headquarters2017TV SeriesHerself - Hostess
Fox News Sunday2011-2017TV SeriesHerself - Panelist / Herself
The Kennedy Show2016-2017TV SeriesHerself - Co-Hostess, The Five
Special Report with Bret Baier2013-2017TV SeriesHerself - Co-Hostess, The Five / Herself - Panelist / Herself
The Kelly File2013-2017TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Co-Hostess, The Five
Tucker Carlson Tonight2016TV SeriesHerself - Co-Hostess, The Five
The Greg Gutfeld Show2016TV SeriesHerself - Co-Hostess, The Five
Perino & Stirewalt: I'll Tell You What2016TV SeriesHerself - Co-Hostess
America's Election HQ2016TV SeriesHerself - Panelist / Herself - Co-Hostess, The Five
Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo2016TV SeriesHerself
Freedom Watch with Judge Napolitano2016TV SeriesHerself
Fox and Friends2012-2016TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Co-Hostess, The Five
The View2015-2016TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Author, And The Good News Is... / Herself - Co-Hostess, The Five
The O'Reilly Factor2012-2016TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Co-Hostess, The Five / Herself - Co-Hostess. The Five
Stossel2016TV SeriesHerself - Co-Hostess, The Five
Red Eye w/Tom Shillue2011-2015TV SeriesHerself - Guest Panelist / Herself / Herself - Guest Hostess
Tavis Smiley2015TV SeriesHerself
The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore2015TV SeriesHerself - Panelist
Media Buzz2014-2015TV SeriesHerself - Author, And the Good News Is... / Herself
Imus in the Morning2015TV SeriesHerself - Author, And the Good News Is...
The Daily Show2008-2015TV SeriesHerself
Huckabee2012-2014TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Co-Hostess, The Five
Hannity2009-2014TV SeriesHerself
Living Hope2014DocumentaryHerself
Jeopardy!2012-2013TV SeriesHerself - Clue Presenter / Herself - Celebrity Contestant
On the Record w/ Brit Hume2012-2013TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Guest Hostess / Herself - Co-Hostess, The Five
The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson2013TV SeriesHerself
Shepard Smith Reporting2013TV SeriesHerself
Studio B2013TV SeriesHerself
America Live2012-2013TV SeriesHerself
This Week2013TV SeriesHerself
Fox Files2012TV SeriesHerself
America's Book of Secrets2012TV Series documentaryHerself - Press Secretary, President George W. Bush
Miss Representation2011DocumentaryHerself
The President's Book of Secrets2010TV Movie documentaryHerself
Paula Zahn Now2007TV SeriesHerself

Archive Footage

Media Buzz2014-2017TV SeriesHerself - Co-Hostess, The Five
The Greg Gutfeld Show2016TV SeriesHerself - Co-Hostess, The Five
The Kennedy Show2015TV SeriesHerself
Inside Edition2015TV Series documentaryHerself - Co-Hostess, The Five
Red Eye w/Tom Shillue2015TV SeriesHerself
The O'Reilly Factor2008TV SeriesHerself

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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