Author Beck Dorey-Stein (LM '04) recently visited her alma mater to speak with students about writing, the publishing process and her memoir, From the Corner of the Oval, which tells the story of her five years working as a White House stenographer during the Obama administration.
In 2012, Dorey-Stein was just scraping by in DC when a posting on Craigslist landed her, improbably, in the Oval Office as one of Barack Obama's stenographers. A DC outsider, she joined the elite team who accompanied the president wherever he went, recorder and mic in hand. On whirlwind trips across time zones, Dorey-Stein forged friendships with a tight group of fellow travelers--young men and women who, like her, left their real lives behind to hop aboard Air Force One in service of the president. But as she learned the ropes of protocol, she became romantically entangled with a consummate DC insider, and suddenly, the political became all too personal. Set against the backdrop of a White House full of glamour, drama and intrigue, From the Corner of the Oval is the story of a young woman making unlikely friendships, getting her heart broken, learning what truly matters and discovering her voice in the process.