Depression Era Art Inspires Doug Levitt’s “The Greyhound Diaries”

Doug Levitt may be a name remembered by many for his work as a foreign correspondent for major U.S. TV networks such as ABC and CNN, but for more than a decade the Washington D.C. born former foreign correspondent has been working to shine a light upon the problems facing U.S. citizens living in the heart of the vast country. Levitt developed “The Greyhound Diaries” as an initial six week project inspired by the WPA era broadcasts by popular artists of the 1930s who looked to record the plight of the masses during “The Great Depression”.

The Greyhound Diaries” began for Doug Levitt in 2004 when the 2008 economic crisis was already beginning to show signs of occurring in the eyes of the artist who states the sub-prime mortgage market has little to no impact on the lives of those he travels with on the bus. Instead, Levitt states “The Greyhound Diaries” have shown him the sub-prime mortgage market was just one aspect of the issues facing the people of the U.S. in the 21st century; Levitt not only identified the coming economic crisis prior to 2008 in the early stage of a journey that has seen him complete more than 120,000 miles in creating “The Greyhound Diaries”.

Across the course of the last decade, Doug Levitt has performed at a number of the most iconic event centers in the U.S., including the Kennedy Center for the Arts; much like the WPA era artists he admires, Doug Levitt enjoys bringing his music and spoken word work to the people he travels alongside and performs at many homeless shelters as he travels the nation for the project. Read more about him,

Doug Levitt has always shown an interest in politics and assisting others that appears to stem back to the work completed by his Washington D.C. based local politician mother. After attending the London School of Economics, Levitt made the decision to remain in London as a journalist for U.S. television networks and credits his time in London for providing the catalyst for his work as a musician, writer, and multi media artist.