The greyhound diaries lasted for more than 12 years and 120000 bus miles with the sole aim of enabling traveler who used the Greyhound bus cope with the journey. The project that was modeled in the era of WPA has given life to some songs, images, and photo exhibits, web series, published stories and a one-person show that showed the fuller picture of the United States. Doug Levitt has performed parts of his project in some venues including shelters, ex-offender programs, at The Kennedy Centre and Southern Poverty Law Centre. His works have been featured in numerous media outlets including The Sunday Times of London, The Huffington Post, CNN, Fox News, and The Christian Science Monitor.
Doug was born in 1972 to Carol Schwartz and the late David Schwartz. At the age of 16, Levitt’s father committed suicide, an experience which played a great role in shaping the kind of life that he lives as an artist. His upcoming memoir talks about how fellow bus riders aided him into coming to terms with his father’s death. He attended Cornell University then later attained a Fulbright Scholarship to London School of Economics where he earned his master’s in Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict.
Once out of school he tried his hands in some careers. Before starting his artistic journey, Levitt was a foreign correspondent based in London. He traveled to numerous countries inclusive of Bosnia, Rwanda in Africa and Iran the in Middle East representing CNN, MSNBS, ABC just to mention but a few. He later settled for songwriting and singing. Over his musical journey, he has worked with the renowned Americana producer David Henry.