Short questions with Dana Perino


You’ve seen us on screen, but have you ever wondered what we’re like off-camera? 

For the last few months, I’ve enjoyed checking in with some of your favorite Fox personalities to learn more about who they are behind the scenes. 

What’s the one thing Jesse Watters couldn’t live without? What’s Bill Hemmer’s favorite Halloween costume? And what’s sitting on Greg Gutfeld’s nightstand? 

But that’s not all! The fun is just getting started.

This week we’re excited to shine the spotlight onKayleigh McEnany, a co-host of “Outnumbered” and a Fox News contributor. She’s been hosting “Fox News Tonight” at 8 p.m. ET all this week. 

P.S. We have so much more in store for you. Stay tuned each week for new editions of “Short Questions with Dana Perino” — and if there’s a question you want answers to or a suggestion for the person I should interview next, leave a note in the comments section below! 


I actually prefer nonfiction! Love “The Case for Christ” by Lee Strobel, “More Than a Carpenter” by Josh McDowell, and anything by Tim Keller! 

Twitter! Fun fact: I met my husband on Twitter (ha ha!). 

In all seriousness, though, I appreciate the news value of Twitter, since it’s an instant medium for reporters to share information. The opinions are also interesting and thought-provoking. 

Washing baby clothes if possible! I am a multi-tasker at heart — cuddling with my son while answering these questions, for example.  

I do more laundry than any human being could imagine, and it is a time when I can’t really multi-task. 

Anything with cheese and carbohydrates. Au gratin potatoes, bread, mac and cheese — may not have nutritional value, but I love it! 

The key is in prevention. The day I received the call letting me know that I had an 84% chance of breast cancer and 23% chance of breast cancer was scary, emotional and difficult. I was only in my 20s, and that call certainly changed my life.  

But my dad shared words with me that I will never forget: “Kayleigh, you know your weakness. We all have one in life, but you know yours. You know your weakness, and you can attack it head-on.” 

He was exactly right. And while my journey to get a mastectomy took a decade with many scares along the way, I felt liberated and strong when I made the decision to take control of my health and bring my chances of breast cancer to virtually 0%.

“I felt liberated and strong when I made the decision to take control of my health.” — Kayleigh McEnany

The scariest part of the surgery was wondering how I would look. I was newly married and I had a supportive husband, which made all of my apprehensions much easier.  

Even so, it was not lost upon me that on May 1, 2018, I was losing a piece of myself.  I chose to have a nipple-sparring mastectomy, which meant that theoretically I would look just the same — an implant would simply be replacing tissue.  

Upon waking up from surgery, I was amazed to find that I still looked like myself.  I am so happy with my decision, and while the journey was hard, I feel beautiful.

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Typically, I wake up organically at 6 a.m. I love to work out in the morning and watch “The Chosen.” Then, I get Blake ready for school and feed Nash with my husband, who is a huge help. Finally, I get myself ready. 

I do set millions of alarms. I never trust one alarm, and I never trust myself even though I wake up to the sun! 

I am actually terrible about keeping bedtime! Nash goes to bed a little earlier since he’s on a feeding schedule, but people are shocked (and appalled) when they find out that we do not put Blake to bed until 9 p.m. 

I love to spend time with my little girl and that means breaking the bedtime rules. We have a sweet bedtime schedule, which involves reading her a kids’ version of the “Jesus Calling” devotional and praying together as a family, but it happens late!

My dad! I still call my parents for personal and professional advice daily. They are a great compass!

Of course I found out. I could never, ever wait, and I have great admiration for those who do. I don’t have the patience and want to buy baby clothes!

Thank you! I always wanted original names for my children. A close family friend of ours named their son Nash. It was the mom’s maiden last name. So basically, I borrowed someone else’s maiden name for my child — ha ha! 

As many viewers may know, I know nothing about pop culture. Zero! However, I love “Frasier” and “The Golden Girls.”

Of course I have seen “Dana Reads Sports” — love it! I am not a baseball lover by nature, though I absolutely loved watching my husband pitch in the Big Leagues. Watching him pitch in the World Series is something I will never forget!

As for the new rules, I have no opinion, but I am told that some are good and some are bad. 

I would say the one thing that anyone should do once in their life is go to Israel. I had the privilege of going with Gov. Mike Huckabee during my first job. I will never forget it! 

I knew before entering law school that I did not want to practice law. I had an odd but innate love for politics from the ripe age of eight years old. I went to law school with the hope of furthering my intellectual rigor in the way that I approached politics, and no doubt it did just that.  

Law school taught me how to anticipate counterarguments — an invaluable skill in my field.

Rachel Joy Scott. She was a victim in the Columbine shooting. She left many journals detailing her passionate love for Christ and for others, and her words inspired me as a young girl and still to this day. 

Oxford, England. I spent a year at Oxford University, St. Edmund Hall.  Oxford is a magical little town and I would love for my children to see it! 

I prefer flats and comfort!