The use of bus services crossing the U.S. has not been as popular as it was in the past, but those traveling on a budget still use these services that have proven an inspiration for musician and author Doug Levitt. The former CNN journalist began a short six week project in 2004 he titled “The Greyhound Diaries”, which saw him travel by bus to areas outside the major metropolitan areas of the U.S. in a bid to explore the effects of economic problems for the people of the country.
Doug Levitt has been making his way across the U.S. since that initial journey in 2004 and has turned his experiences into a multi media project he has turned into a book, songs, and photographic images; these different forms of media are reflected in the live performances of Levitt, which he completes using the spoken word, music, and projected images. Levitt continues to travel the U.S. and saw a greater urgency for his project to reach the public when the effects of the 2008 economic slowdown began to reach the public at large.
Doug Levitt grew up in a political family that included his mother’s role as a council member in Washington D.C. Levitt had already achieved success as a journalist for a number of major U.S. news organizations before leaving his career behind to follow his love of music and the arts; Levitt worked for ABC, NBC, and CNN as an international correspondent providing coverage of a number of international events and conflicts. In recent interviews, Doug Levitt has explained his career took a turn back to the arts in 2001 after the death of his father inspired him to follow his passions in life.
Doug Levitt has seen his career as an artist reach successful levels with appearances in major publications including Billboard and The Wall Street Journal, and on news channels such as MSNBC and Fox News. The former journalist has seen his project hailed as providing a glimpse into a side of the U.S. rarely explored by major news organizations.