Dana Marie Perino was born on May 9, 1972, in Evanston, Wyoming, to Leo and Janice Perino. Ponderosa High School was her alma mater.
She later attended Colorado State University-Pueblo and earned a bachelor’s degree in mass communications with minors in political science and Spanish.
Following that, Perino attended the University of Illinois Springfield and earned a master’s degree in public affairs reporting (UIS).
In terms of love, she met businessman Peter McMahon in 1997. The couple married the following year.