Doug Levitt Uses the Greyhound Diaries to Limelight the Plight of Poor Americans

American artists for a long time have gained popularity for their adventurous journeys covering the vast American land, purposely for trying to create awareness on the untold stories that are elusive in the public domain. Often, these stories paint a grim picture on the realities of life for people who are trapped in poverty cycles. Doug Levitt is among the artists who have shunned their prestigious careers to indulge in this noble task. The singer and songwriter embarked on a journey across the country using Greyhound buses with an objective of compiling songs, memory pictures and stories about Americans who, due to their economic status, are forced to commute using buses, which is a less desirable and inefficient means of travel. After traversing several thousand miles, Levitt decided to put together the pictures, songs and stories of fellow travelers, which he dubbed “The Greyhound Diaries”. This collection highlights the struggles poor Americans go through in their daily lives.

 

After returning home from overseas, where he had been serving as an international correspondent for a number of big channels, Doug Levitt realized that the plight of poor people in the country was not sufficiently highlighted by the media. Even those in power had a blurred perspective on the reality of living in poverty. This was the compelling reason that forced Levitt into his current undertaking.

 

Levitt is a son of Carol Schwartz, a former member D.C. Council; he spent his childhood in D.C and went to public school in the neighborhood. He attended Woodrow Wilson High School, after which he proceeded to join Cornell University where he was privileged to be taught by the late Carl Sagan, a respected astrophysicist and author. He also holds a Masters in International Relations from London School of Economics. After completing his studies, he worked as an international news correspondent for CNN, ABC, NBC, and MSNBC. His father’s suicide inspired him to abandon his career in journalism to become an artist, a vehicle he has used to creatively tell stories of people who are struggling to earn a living in the United States.