Doug Levitt has had a successful life across the two very different careers, the first as an international correspondent for a series of well known news media outlets, including NBC, ABC, and CNN; the second career of Doug Levitt has taken him in a very different direction with the Washington D.C. native being the creative force behind the multimedia project, “The Greyhound Diaries”. Levitt has crossed the country using bus lines that are generally only used by those with little other option because of economic issues.
“The Greyhound Dairies” has now become the defining work of the life of Doug Levitt as he has spent over a decade traveling by bus and talking to his fellow passengers as they set out to reach various locations in the heart of the U.S.; over the early stages of his journey by bus, Doug Levitt found himself shocked at the level of economic difference between those in the upper echelons of society and those at the sharp end of U.S. life. “The Greyhound Diaries” has taken on many different forms as it has evolved over the years to include a book, spoken word aspects, and a two EP’s of original music.
Doug Levitt has been a major part of the political and artistic landscape for a number of years and set out to develop his artistic career as a singer songwriter, citing the death of his father as the defining moment of his life and inspiring his artistic drive. Levitt has searched for many different areas of interest that changed over the course of his life to include science and politics.
“The Greyhound Diaries” began as a simple six week project Doug Levitt hoped would lead to some artistic success, but has gone on for more than a decade as he has made his way to many different areas of the country often ignored by mainstream media outlets. Doug Levitt reports little has changed over the decade or so he has been traveling by bus, including the number of laptop computers available remaining low and many former prisoners using the bus to return to their homes after serving their sentence.