What Are Some Facts About Dana Perino?


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Dana Perino was the 27th White House press secretary from 2007 to 2009 under President George W. Bush, making her the first Republican woman to serve as press secretary. As of 2015, she serves as a news anchor and political pundit for Fox News, appearing on the popular news program "The Five" as a co-anchor.

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Dana Perino was born on May 9, 1972 in Evanston, Wyoming. Her parents were Janice and Leo Perino. Later, the family moved to Colorado, where Dana attended Ponderosa High School outside of Denver and later Colorado State University Pueblo, where she received a bachelor's degree in Mass Communications. She also received minors in Spanish and Political Science. In addition, she has a master's degree in Public Affairs Reporting from the University of Illinois-Springfield.

During her years at CSU, she began her first experiences in broadcasting as a member of KTSC-TV, a campus based PBS affiliate. In addition, she also worked as a disc jockey for a country music station in Pueblo.

Before she became White House press secretary, she worked for Congressman Scott McInnis and Congressman Dan Schaefer, both from Colorado. Later, she became a spokesperson for the U.S. Department of Justice beginning in 2001.

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