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Born in Evanston, Wyoming, USA
Birth NameDana Marie Perino
Height 5' 2" (1.57 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Perino was born in Evanston, Wyoming, and grew up in Denver, Colorado. She attended Ponderosa High School in Parker, Colorado, a suburb of Denver. Perino graduated from the University of Southern Colorado (now known as Colorado State University-Pueblo) in 1994 with a bachelor's degree in mass communications and minors in both political science and Spanish. While attending the university, Perino was active on the debate team and with KTSC-TV, the campus-based PBS affiliate where she served as host of Capitol Journal, a weekly summary of Colorado politics, and producer of Standoff, a weekly public affairs program. From there, Perino attended graduate school at the University of Illinois at Springfield (UIS). Perino obtained her masters at UIS in Public Affairs Reporting while also working as a daily reporter covering the Illinois Capitol for WCIA-TV, a CBS affiliate.

Perino then went on to work in Washington, D.C., for Representative Scott McInnis (R, retired) of Colorado as a staff assistant before serving nearly four years as the press secretary for Rep. Dan Schaefer (R-CO-Retired), who then chaired a House Commerce subcommittee on Energy and Power.

After Representative Schaefer announced his retirement, Perino moved to England to marry businessman Peter McMahon. After a year in England, 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. to serve as a spokesperson for the Department of Justice. Several months later, she was asked to join the White House where she served as the Director of Communications for the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ). By statute, the CEQ oversees the implementation of the National Environmental Policy Act, where all federal agencies must complete environmental assessments on their activities before they take action.

On March 31, 2006, President George W. Bush named Perino as Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Press Secretary. In the role, Perino communicated many times a day with the President's director of communications, his press secretary and his director of media affairs, handling all environment-related media calls for the White House, 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, while keeping the other White House offices apprised of CEQ actions.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Spouse (1)

Peter McMahon (30 September 1998 - present)

Trivia (28)

She is Italian American.
She was the 27th White House Press Secretary from September 14, 2007 to January 20, 2009.
Her aunt and uncle own a bowling alley in Rawlins, Wyoming.
In 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.
On April 14, 2009, it was announced that she will join Burson-Marsteller, a global public relations firm, as chief issues counselor.
Fox News contributor.
Her mentor was Tony Snow.
Has a 12-year-old dog, a retriever, which she got from Scotland and named Henry [May 2010].
Founder and president of Dana Perino & Co., a strategic communications firm.
Writes a commentary in the Washington Post.
Had tried out as a barrel racer while growing up in Wyoming.
Her mother did marketing for a private nursing home and her father, Leo Perino (born on April 16, 1943), had a convenience store in Denver.
Fan of Dierks Bentley.
Former gymnast.
Has a brother and a younger sister, Angie Perino (born on March 21, 1986).
Was on her high school speech team.
Sister, Angie Perino, and Ben became engaged on February 10, 2012, with the wedding set for Summer 2012.
Her dog, Henry, died on March 25, 2012.
Her new dog, Jasper, was born on April 16, 2012.
Her father grew up in Aurora, Colorado, scene of the movie theater massacre on July 20, 2012.
Friend of Stephen Hadley.
Her sister, Angie Perino, and Ben were married on July 28, 2012.
When 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.
Some of her favorite TV shows, as a kid, were The Gong Show (1976) and Schoolhouse Rock! (1973).
One of her jobs, while attending college, was as a country music DJ, working from 2 to 8 A.M.
Favorite Christmas movie: Love Actually (2003).
Characterized Bill O'Reilly as the "undisputed king of cable news".
Press Secretary under President George W. Bush.

Personal Quotes (1)

[on Bill O'Reilly being released, following allegations of sexual harassment] He is an incredibly talented broadcaster who raised the bar for interviewers, everywhere. It is the end of an era here at Fox News Channel.

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