For 13 years Doug Levitt travelled by bus spanning over 120,000 miles across America. What began as research for his book “ The Greyhound Diaries”, a combined art project and book, became a way of insight into the condition of life for low income America. During his travels, Doug became aware of the psychological components of poverty; often seatmates were individuals considered delinquents by society: ex-convicts, the mental ill, and the addicted.
Despite labels, almost every passenger had one factor in common, low- income. Levitt found that passengers on the bus were limited to bus transportation due to lack of monetary means. Travel by bus gave Levitt a glimpse of American poverty he likely would not have experienced otherwise. Doug considers his research to be psychologically beneficial as well; during this experience he found passengers often played the role of counselor helping one another express deep psychological concerns. In fact, Levitt expresses that it was during his bus rides that he was able to overcome the trauma he faced with the death of his father.
In addition,Doug Levitt grew professionally as a result of his book. His book resulted in two-records, a one-man show, published writings, photo exhibits, and a web series.Doug Levitt has an accomplished and fun professional background. He is a singer, writer, activist, and photographer. He attended Cornell University and received his masters in International Relations at London School of Economics. Prior to his creation of “The Greyhound Diaries” Levitt was a foreign correspondent for ABC, CNN, and MSNBC.