Dana Perino: Net Worth, Books, Family

The famed and talented political commentator as well as an author, Dana Perino is one of the well-recognized faces in the news commentary history. She was also the 27th White House Press Secretary who worked under the then president- George W. Bush.

She currently works for Fox News and is without a doubt the recognized face in the American Television.

Early Life

Born on May 9, 1972, Dana Marie Perino is currently 44 years old. She was born in Evanston, Wyoming to Janice and Leo Perino.

Later, her family moved to Colorado, and she was raised there among the suburb area of Denver.


Perino attended the Ponderosa High School in Parker. After finishing her primary schooling, she attended Colorado State University-Pueblo and graduated from there in 1993.

Perino has a degree in mass communication and is a minor in political science as well as Spanish. She was also a part of the forensics team!

After getting her bachelor’s degree in mass communication, she went on attaining a master’s degree in public affairs at, University of Illinois Springfield. While studying, she also had the chance to work for the WCIA, as a daily reporter covering the Illinois Capitol area.

Early Career

Perino worked for WCIA, as a journalist before moving to Washington D.C to work for Congressman Scott McInnis. She worked as a staff assistant first and then later served as the press secretary for the Rep. Dan Schaefer who was then the Chairperson of the House Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power.


Perino worked at Washington D.C for nearly four years, before moving with her husband moved to Great Britain.

After spending a while there, she returned to her country to take up the position as the spokesperson of the Department of Justice. She served there for two consecutive years.

Gathering her experience in the political field, she joined the White House Staff. She took up the position of the associate director of the White House Council on Environmental Quality.

As a Press Secretary

In 2005, Perino was appointed as Deputy Press Secretary by Scott McClellan. While in the position she worked directly for the President Bush’s Director of Communication, his press secretary and also the director of his Media Affairs.

From March 27 till April 30, 2007,  she was officially appointed as the Acting White House Press Secretary while the Press Secretary Tony Snow had to undergo treatment for colon cancer.

Later, when Tony Snow resigned from the post due to his health issues, Perino took his place permanently. She served as the official Press Secretary for President Bush until his end of the administration term in January 2009.

As a News Commentator and Show Host

Right after leaving the White House, she was approached by Fox News where she co-hosted a talk show called- The Five.

In 2009, President Barack Obama nominated her to serve on the Broadcasting Board of Governors. On June 30, 2010, the nomination was confirmed by the Senate as well.

She also started her podcast called- Perino & Stirewalt: I’ll tell you What. It was later premiered on the Fox News Channel as a weekly limited series on September 18, 2016. The show ran until the election started.

As a Professor and Author

From 2010 onward, she had begun taking classes at the George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management. She also joined the Crown Publishing Group and worked as an editorial director.

Personal Life

Name Dana Marie Perino
Date of birth May 9, 1972
Age 44 years
Birthplace Evanston, Wyoming, U.S.
Ethnicity White
Height 5’2″ (157 cm)
Weight 48 kg (105 pounds)
Profession Political Commentator, Author
Married Married
Nationality American
Father’s name Not Specified
Mother’s name Not Specified
Birth sign Taurus
Measurement Chest-34, Waist- 23, Hip-34
Net Worth $4 Million
Siblings Not Specified


Marriage and Divorce

In 1996, Perino first met her husband Peter McMahon, a businessman. After being together for almost two years, they got married in the year 1998.

This marriage, however, was her husband’s third marriage. The couple has since then lived a happy married life, although they still do not have any children together.

Social Reach

Dana Perino being a successful independent contributor of the Fox News has a huge fan following with around 1.41 million followers on twitter and 1.4 million on Instagram.

Instagram: @danaperino


Rumors and Controversy

Even though she is a politics based commentator, there has not been any major controversy related to her.

However, being in 18 years long married life and still not having any children have sparked some rumors. Although there has been no sign of possible split of the couple, they still do not have their children together. Some say that they have chosen to stay childless, and some say they don’t have much choice on that matter.

Regardless the case, they still don’t have any plans on having a child yet.

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