Journalist and musician Doug Levitt is the creator of the critically acclaimed Greyhound Diaries project. Patterned much like the Depression-era WPA initiatives of the 1930s, Greyhound Diaries profiles Americans from all across the country who are living in desperate situations. Nashville producer David Henry collaborated with Levitt on the project.
Doug Levitt logged over 100,000 miles in 10 years. Through his diaries, he collected many stories, pictures and mementos from hundreds of people. Levitt says the project helped him understand the difficulties that some Americans face daily. Many are living in crisis situations and feel trapped. Some are simply searching for the American dream that has eluded them for so long.
Levitt has turned the Greyhound Diaries into a one-man show. He has performed songs at The Kennedy Center, Walter Reed Memorial Hospital and the Woody Guthrie Center. He plans to take his show on the road throughout the U.S.
Levitt was born and raised in the Washington, D.C. area. His father, who committed suicide, was a physician and his mother his mother worked as a D.C. state senator. After high school, Levitt graduated from Cornell University and The London School of Economics.
As a war correspondent, Levitt broadcast from many dangerous areas including Bosnia, Somalia and Rwanda. Tiring of the perils of war, Levitt began to focus on his music. He has worked with Steve Earle and Counting Crows front man Steve Bowman.
Levitt has been profiled on CNN, MSNBC and Fox News. The Greyhound Diaries is also on tape and LP.