The Greyhound Diaries is a eight-year project conducted by songwriter and journalist Doug Levitt. Beginning in 2004, Levitt embarked on a journey that took him all over the U.S. to gather stories about fellow travelers.
At the end of the journey, Levitt had logged over 100,000 miles over ten years. He met an eclectic group of people whom he found in many ways were not unlike himself. One thing that most shared is they were all working-class poor.
Before embarking upon this expedition, Levitt worked for ABC News and was a foreign correspondent based in London. His travels took to many parts of the world where he reported on everything from politics to war.
The project is similar to the same government initiaves launched in the 1930s that dispatched journalists to the dust bowl to speak about depression-era farm people who fled their homes during the dust storms. Levitt says the pictures and other mementos he explored during his expedition gave him a better understanding of what life is like for ordinary Americans.
Doug Levitt was born in Washington D.C. and attended Columbia University. He also attended the London School of Economics.
Levitt’s series can be seen on PBS. He has also been featured on the Dylan Ratigan Show on MSNBC, NBC, The Today Show and FOX News.
The Greyhound Diaries has been made into recordings, and Levitt has also produced a one-man show featuring tales from the diaries. “This has been a remarkable journey for me. I have learned a great deal about people and how the live,” said Levitt.
Levitt also gives his time and money to many philanthropic efforts. He volunteers at the Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington D.C. The Kennedy Center and many local food shelters around the country. He is also producing an album set to be released in 2017.
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