By Bob Cusack
Dana Perino is living her dream.
She wanted to be a news anchor as a kid, and look where she is now.
The former White House press secretary is a co-host of “The Five” on Fox News Channel. It’s not exactly a national news anchor slot, but it’s pretty close.
“The Five” tackles the news of the day, with a special emphasis on politics.
We posed these questions to Perino, who worked for two Colorado members on Capitol Hill (GOP Reps. Scott McInnis and Dan Schaefer) and later joined the George W. Bush administration.
• Grew up in: Born in Evanston, Wyo., then moved to Denver and graduated high school in Parker, Colo.
• What did you want to be when you were a kid?: A news anchor (national).
• Favorite hobby/activity: Going for long walks — in cities or in the country.
• How do you unwind after a long day at work?: I get home in time for Fox’s “Special Report” panel, have a glass of wine with my husband, Peter, watch “Jeopardy” and “Wheel of Fortune,” then some recorded programs or the news, all while holding Sir Jasper Vizsla on my lap.
• What you’re reading: The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philip Sendker and The Art of Happiness by the Dalai Lama.
• Best political movie: “All the President’s Men” ... or “Dave” ... or “The Distinguished Gentleman” (I’m terrible at remembering movies).
• What you like and dislike about D.C.: Like: The architecture, the enthusiasm, the policy debates.
Dislike: Diva drama, fake friends, pr stunts.
• A household chore that you can’t stand: Taking out the garbage (that became my husband’s job).
• Favorite saying/life philosophy: Never refuse a breath mint — you don’t know why it’s being offered ... career-wise, keep your eyes and ears open at all times.
• Something that few know about you: I was a country music DJ while in college; I met my husband on an airplane; and I have a dog named Jasper (ha!).