How Doug Levitt Brought the Greyhound Diaries to the World

The Greyhound Diaries is an eight-year project that was done by singer-songwriter, Doug Levitt. He traveled an incredible 80,000 miles, by bus, talking to strangers and fellow travelers across America. Levitt started the now famous Greyhound Diaries in 2004 when he decide to travel by Greyhound buses for six weeks. He has reiterated that he was motivated to seek out the story of others and share his own after he discovered his father’s dead body when he was younger. He had committed suicide.

Levitt has shared his own life story and motivated others to do the same. He revealed that he chose to travel by bus because he was targeting the struggling American lower class. He was interested in sharing their stories with the world. In time, he continued to cross the country talking to strangers, writing and singing, taking photographs as well as sharing everything on his dedicated web series.

By 2012, he had written many songs that he frequently performed in different stops on his journey and took over 10,000 photos. He performed at the great Kennedy Center, dozens of homeless shelters, universities, hospitals, national media outlets as well as Walter Reed Army Hospital. He turned his journey into the Greyhound Series. He released the first part of the series in 2008 and the second part in 2012.

Doug Levitt was born in 1972, in the United States capital of Washington D.C., to Carol Schwartz and David Schwartz. He was educated in public schools and eventually graduated from the Woodrow Wilson High School. He later got accepted at Cornell University and studied under Carl Sagan – an author and astrophysicist. After graduating from Cornell, he won a scholarship to study for his International Relation’s Master’s at London School of Economics.

After graduating, Levitt stayed in London and became a foreign correspondent reporter for top news outlets such as CNN and MSNBC. He concentrated on many war-torn nations like Bosnia, Iran and Rwanda. He worked from London until one day he decided to return to the United States to pursue a career as a singer and a song writer. He worked with David Henry in Nashville and together they came up with the Greyhound Diaries.

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