Inside the Life of Dana Perino and Her Love Story With Husband Peter McMahon

Dana Perino is an American political commentator and author who is best known as the White House Press Secretary under the George W. Bush administration 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.

She took up the position after her predecessor resigned following a bout of illness and a need to work in the private sector. She has moved on from the White House and uses her knowledge of politics as a commentator on Fox News, hosting The Daily Briefing with Dana Perino on the channel. With a podcast, two books, and even a part-time teaching role in her repertoire, it’s safe to say that Perino is a lady of several talents.

Dana Perino is married to a well-reputed businessman Peter McMahon (m. 1998)

Biography and Profile Summary

Age/Date of Birth:
51 years old (9 May 1972)
5 feet, 1 inch (1.57 m)
Italian heritage
Husband or Boyfriend:Peter McMahon (married in 1998)
Parents:Father: Leo Perino
Mother: Jan Perino
Net Worth:$4 million

Who is Dana Perino?

Born in the Uinta County city of Evanston in the state of Wyoming, this former White House press secretary and political commentator was born Dana Marie Perino on May 9, 1972. Though she was born in Wyoming, her family moved to Denver, Colorado where she grew up.

She attended Ponderosa High School in the suburb of Parker, Denver. After graduating high school, she enrolled at Colorado State University to study mass communications. She graduated from the university with a major in mass communications and a minor in political science and Spanish.

While attending college, she was part of the school’s public speaking team. She also worked at KTSC-TV, Rocky Mountain PBS’s campus affiliate. She continued garnering experience in the radio world by working at the radio station KCCY-FM, as a country music DJ from 2 to 6 a.m.

Dana Perino furthered her education by going to the University of Illinois for her master’s degree in public affairs. While at Illinois, she worked for the WCIA TV station as a daily reporter.

Dana Perino is of Italian heritage. Her great-grandparents were immigrants who left their home country to settle in the United States. Her parents are Jan and Leo Perino. Her mother worked as a marketer for a private nursing home while her father used to own a convenience store in Denver.

She also has a sister called Angie. Also, while not disclosing names, she has mentioned that her uncle and aunt own a bowling alley in Rawlins, Wyoming.

Dana Perino’s Fact Card

Her Career Took Her to Becoming the White House Press Secretary

Once she was done with school, Dana Perino moved to Washington, D.C., where she began working as a staff assistant for Congressman Scott McInnis. After this, she served late Rep. Dan Schaefer as his press secretary for four years. Following Schaefer’s retirement in 1998, Perino moved with her husband (Peter McMahon) to Britain, returning to the States in 2001. Upon her return, she became a spokesperson for the Department of Justice, serving in the role for two years.

Dana Perino joined the White House staff for the first time in 2001 as the White House Associate director of communications for the Council on Environmental Quality. From 2006, Dana served as White House deputy press secretary while her boss, Tony Snow, was battling colon cancer. After a round of chemotherapy, Snow announced plans to move into the private sector, leaving the position of press secretary open to Perino. She served under former President George W. Bush, who announced Snow’s resignation in 2007.

After her tenure in the White House, Dana Perino joined Fox News as a political commentator, serving as a co-host on the channel’s talk show, The Five. Former US President Barack Obama would later appoint her to serve on the Broadcasting Board of Governors in 2009 – an appointment which was confirmed by the Senate in 2010.

Besides serving in the political world, Dana has also been a part-time teacher for a political communications class at the George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management. She bolstered her repertoire by becoming Crown Publishing Group’s editorial director in March 2011. She co-hosts a podcast on Fox News called Perino & Stirewalt: I’ll Tell You What.

Her Salary and Net Worth as a Journalist

Dana Perino has had a rather impressive career. With the different positions she has held so far, no doubt she has been able to earn a good living for herself. As White House Press Secretary, she received an annual salary of $172,200. Since she joined Fox News, she has enjoyed an annual salary upwards of $250,000. Rated one of the highest-earning female news reporters, Dana Perino has a net worth of $4 million.

What About Her Husband Peter McMahon?

How Did Dana Perino and Her Husband Meet?

She met her husband Peter on a flight to Chicago in 1997. The two were seated together and made a strong connection almost immediately. Calling their love story ‘Love at First Flight,’ the duo soon began dating each other. The relationship blossomed, and on September 30, 1998, they shared their vows and got married.

The couple does not have children. However, they do have a dog named Jasper and Perino has written a book about him called Let Me Tell You about Jasper…: How My Best Friend Became America’s Dog. The book was published in October 2016 with the audiobook featuring some lines spoken by McMahon.

They’ve Been Married for Over 2 Decades

Perino is married to English businessman and entrepreneur Peter K. McMahon. Born in Lancashire, England on June 6, 1954, McMahon graduated from the University of Liverpool with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Management. In 2006, he became the Chief Operating Officer of Canadian food retailer, Loblaw. He also became an American citizen in the same year. Perino and her husband reside at their Bluffton, South Carolina home.


Profile Summary
First Name:Dana
Last Name:Perino
Also Known As:
Political commentator and author
Famous For:Serving as Former White House Press Secretary
Colleges/Universities Attended:
Colorado State University–Pueblo,
University of Illinois, Springfield
Educational Qualifications:
BA degree in mass communications,
MA in public affairs
Birthday & Zodiac
Age/Date of Birth:
51 years old (9 May 1972)
Zodiac Sign:Taurus
Birth Place:
Evanston, Wyoming, United States
Italian heritage
Country of Residence:
United States of America (USA)
Physical Attributes
5 feet, 1 inch (1.57 m)
55 kg (121 lbs)
Eye Colour:
Hair Color:
Other Body Measurements:
Breast: 34 inches
Waist: 26 inches
Hips: 35 inches
Marital Status:
Peter McMahon (married in 1998)
Family and Relatives
Leo Perino
Mother:Jan Perino
Siblings:Angie Perino- Sister
Other Relatives:
Net Worth
Estimated Net Worth:
$4 Million
Source of Wealth:
Chinedu Ndubueze
Chinedu Ndubueze
Chinedu holds a B.SC in Mass Communications with several years of writing and editing experience. He is an advocate of closed-back headphones, horror movies, and dark humor; He believes that Peter Griffin and Stan Smith should be real people. Outside of having to write, edit, and work on other forms of content, Chinedu may keep up with the EPL or listen to everything Eminem and Jon Bellion.


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