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The artist Doug Levitt has spent more than a decade traveling the U.S. by Greyhound bus as he explores an often unreported part of U.S. society that is rarely explored by the mainstream news media. Doug Levitt has looked to explore parts of U.S. society that are often the poorest and least served by parts of the global infrastructure the majority take for granted, such as airports and major highways; instead, the people living in the poorest parts of the U.S. are forced to ride by bus between destinations, which has given birth to “The Greyhound Diaries” project Doug continues to create after 13 years and an estimated 120,000 miles traveled.
The main question is why would a former CNN international correspondent look to travel the U.S. in one of the least luxurious ways possible? The answer is that Doug Levitt has been attempting to shine a light on the inequality faced by millions of people across the nation who are not given the chance to live the American dream. Levitt himself feels the media he used to work with bases the majority of its content on the major metropolitan areas of the U.S., leaving vast areas and stories unreported. Setting out on what he expected to be a six week bus journey to build support for Democratic Presidential nominee John Kerry in 2004, Doug Levitt was shocked at the level of poverty he saw around him as he moved around the country by bus. “The Greyhound Diaries” is a project Doug believes makes a point about social justice and inequality without making sweeping comments about a class of people, but instead seeks to tell individual stories and what Doug knows.
Doug Levitt honed his skills as a journalist and broadcaster working with CNN and ABC before setting out to return to his passion of music and artistic achievement. Looking back at his life as a young person in Washington D.C. Doug Levitt points to the death of his father when Doug was only 16; the artistic options explored by Doug Levitt hark back to the social works he enjoys listening to and reading that were created during the Great Depression and Doug’s lacrosse camp.