Doug Levitt took on a journey around the country dubbed the Greyhound Diaries project. He traveled for 70000 miles in 7 years on Greyhound buses. His mission was to write songs as well as gather stories and images of fellow travelers that were living in poverty.
The Greyhound Diaries project was the foundation of two EP recordings, a book and a web series of images video and stories. It put together songs and stories in his narration, which showed that life struggles and hurdles are not solely experienced.
Mr. Levitt got an urge to become an artist, and he chose the road to be his mode of expression. After his return from overseas, Doug saw the rising statics of poverty in the country. He foresaw a waiting calamity that was not well tackled, prompting him to start the journey of coming up with a solution. Inspired by Works Progress Administration, era projects, he set out on a journey to start on his project. He was also motivated by his urge to tell his story, coming to terms with his father’s suicidal and ultimately forgiving himself. He learned that sharing with fellow passengers helped him heal and move on faster. This way, the people felt at ease sharing their stories with Doug.
The Greyhound buses ply more than 2200 destinations across the country, traveling through small towns that are not covered by technology. These small towns tend to be left out of national debates. Mr. Levitt noted that a lot of time is spent while traveling, which somehow draws people from politics and focus on the issues that are common among them. This makes them share stories of their struggles. Through the stories gathered, he discovered that the struggles of the country regarding poverty are more common in the districts than in the cities.
About Doug Levitt
Doug Levitt is a singer-songwriter, activist, and a former foreign correspondent. Previously, he was a London-based reporter for various media houses including CNN, NBC, and ABC. He mostly gathered news in foreign countries like Rwanda and Iran.
Mr. Doug Levitt attended the Washington DC public schools and later Cornell University. He received his masters in Nationalism and Ethic Conflict from London School of Economics on a Fulbright scholarship.