Dana Perino

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Dana Perino
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Member of the Broadcasting Board of Governors
In office
June 30, 2010 – December 31, 2012
Appointed by Barack Obama
Preceded by Ted Kaufman
Succeeded by Matt Armstrong
White House Press Secretary
In office
September 14, 2007 – January 20, 2009
President George W. Bush
Preceded by Tony Snow
Succeeded by Robert Gibbs
In office
March 27, 2007 – April 30, 2007
President George W. Bush
Preceded by Tony Snow
Succeeded by Tony Snow
Personal details
Born Dana Marie Perino
(1972-05-09) May 9, 1972 (age 45)
Evanston, Wyoming, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Peter McMahon (m. 1998)
Education Colorado 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, serving 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] 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. On October 2, 2017, she began hosting The Daily Briefing with Dana Perino on Fox News.[3]

Early life and career

Born in Evanston, Wyoming, she is the daughter of Janice "Jan" and Leo Perino,[4] and grew up in Colorado in the Denver area.[5] Two of her paternal great-grandparents were Italian immigrants.[6][7][8] She attended Ponderosa High School in Parker, a suburb southeast of Denver.[5] Perino graduated from Colorado State University-Pueblo in 1993 with a bachelor's degree in mass communications and minors in both political science and Spanish.[2] In college, she was on the forensics team, worked at KTSC-TV, the campus-based Rocky Mountain PBS affiliate,[9] and also worked at KCCY-FM on the 2 to 6 a.m. shift.[10] Perino went on to attain a master's degree in public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois Springfield (UIS).[11] During her time at UIS, she also worked for WCIA, a CBS affiliate, as a daily reporter covering the Illinois Capitol.[12]

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.[9][13]

After Schaefer announced his retirement in 1998, Perino and husband Peter McMahon moved to Great Britain.[5]

In November 2001, Perino returned to Washington, D.C., and secured a position as a spokesperson for the Department of Justice,[14] at which she served for two years.[15]

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.[16][17] 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.[18]

Press Secretary

Dana Perino, George W. Bush and Tony Snow

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.

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

On August 31, 2007, Bush announced that Snow would be resigning his post for health reasons and that Perino would become his replacement.[19] Perino was accordingly promoted to the rank of Assistant to the President,[citation needed] and served as White House Press Secretary from September 14, 2007, until the end of the Bush Administration in January 2009.[20]

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-Zeidi's arrest.[21][22][23][24]

Post-Bush administration career

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,[25] and was confirmed by the Senate on June 30, 2010.[26] In 2010, she started teaching a class in political communications part-time at George Washington University's Graduate School of Political Management.[27] 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.[28]

On September 18, 2016, Perino's podcast Perino & Stirewalt: I'll Tell You What premiered as a weekly limited series on the Fox News Channel. A new "I'll Tell You What" is released late Wednesday night of each week.

Personal life

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.

In May 2012 Perino appeared on Jeopardy! during its "Power Players" week, facing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and CNBC's David Faber.[29]


  • 2016, April: And the Good News Is...: Lessons and Advice from the Bright Side ISBN 1455584916
  • 2016, October: Let Me Tell You about Jasper...: How My Best Friend Became America's Dog ISBN 1455567108


  1. ^ The Five, March 10, 2014 https://archive.org/details/FOXNEWSW_20140310_210000_The_Five#start/3540/end/3600
  2. ^ a b Keller, Susan Jo (November 26, 2007). "Dana Perino". The New York Times. Retrieved March 24, 2010. 
  3. ^ "DETAILS: Fox News Channel to Launch New Daytime Lineup". Fox News Insider. 2017-09-26. Retrieved 2017-09-27. 
  4. ^ "Dana Perino: Press Job Like Herding Cattle". Archive.newsmax.com. Archived from the original on June 9, 2012. Retrieved June 15, 2012. 
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ 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. 
  7. ^ "Dana Perino – Voce Italiana Online – Washington DC". Voceitaliana.com. January 1, 2004. Retrieved June 15, 2012. 
  8. ^ Dana Perino Interview: "Minute Mentoring Interview with Janice Perino (a.k.a. My Mom)" March 28, 2013
  9. ^ 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]
  10. ^ "Perino's Faux Pas: Brian's Boner Recalled". wordpress.com. Retrieved August 25, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Dana Perino – U of I grad makes good". University of Illinois Alumni Association. Fall 2007. Retrieved March 24, 2010. 
  12. ^ "Dana Perino – UIS grad makes good". University of Illinois Alumni Association. Fall 2007. Retrieved March 24, 2010. 
  13. ^ Baxter, Sarah (December 14, 2007). "Bush's cool blonde is a northern gran". London: The Times. Archived from the original on September 18, 2008. Retrieved December 14, 2007. 
  14. ^ Roberts, Michael (September 19, 2007). "New Forecast". Denver Westwood News. 
  15. ^ Brass, Kevin (September 21, 2007). "Media Watch: The Improbable Rise of Dana Perino". Retrieved December 17, 2008. 
  16. ^ Marshall, Christa (August 31, 2007). "Coloradan takes over for Tony Snow". PoliticsWest, The Denver Post. Archived from the original on July 15, 2011. 
  17. ^ "Dana Perino – Assistant to the President and Press Secretary". U.S. Government. Retrieved December 17, 2008. 
  18. ^ "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. 
  19. ^ "White House Daily Briefing". C-SPAN. August 31, 2007. Retrieved February 8, 2017. 
  20. ^ Carswell, Sue (December 2008). "Dana Perino's Ready for a Glass of Red Wine". Vanity Fair. Retrieved February 8, 2017. 
  21. ^ "Sole Survivor". Checkpoint Baghdad. December 14, 2008. Retrieved December 14, 2008. 
  22. ^ "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. 
  23. ^ "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. 
  24. ^ "Dana M. Perino". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on May 23, 2010. Retrieved September 14, 2010. 
  25. ^ "Obama taps former Bush aide to key government post", AFP, November 19, 2009. Footnote augmented March 14, 2010.
  26. ^ Kane, Paul (June 30, 2010). "Former Bush, Reid aides approved for broadcasting board". The Washington Post. Retrieved July 13, 2010. 
  27. ^ "Former White House Press Secretary Dana Perino to Teach at GW's Graduate School of Political Management". George Washington University. July 14, 2010. Retrieved July 14, 2010. 
  28. ^ "Dana Perino Appointed Editorial Director of Crown Forum". 
  29. ^ "Dana Perino's 'Jeopardy!' performance". Video.foxnews.com. May 16, 2012. Retrieved June 15, 2012. 

External links

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Political offices
Preceded by
Tony Snow
White House Press Secretary
Succeeded by
Robert Gibbs
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