Revealing a Hidden World with The Greyhound Diaries
Doug Levitt is a former CNN correspondent who switched careers to chase his dream of becoming an artist. He attended Cornell University and later he received a full ride scholarship to the London School of Economics. While Mr. Levitt was studying there, he earned his Master’s degree in International Relations. He went to work for CNN as a foreign correspondent but felt like something was missing, so he quit his job, boarded a Greyhound Bus, and began to chase his dream of becoming a musician, and The Greyhound Diaries was born.
The Greyhound Diaries
Mr. Levitt first got the initial idea for The Greyhound Diaries when he started chasing his music career. He boarded a Greyhound bus and saw all types of different people struggling to get by. He wanted to record their stories and struggles and began doing so under the name The Greyhound Diaries. It started with a six-week bus ride in 2004 and has been ongoing ever since. Doug Levitt was fascinated by this culture he found on the Greyhound buses, and he admits that the buses are seen as a last resort for most people as a form of transport. As of late 2016, Doug Levitt has racked up over 120,000 miles crisscrossing the United States for his project. He has seen parts of the United States most people don’t realize exists and has taken over 20,000 pictures documenting the everyday life of individuals struggling to survive.
A Therapeutic Ride
Doug Levitt stated that riding the Greyhound bus and opening up to strangers about his father’s suicide helped him heal. He claims that talking about your issues or problems help to resolve them, and there is no better place than a Greyhound bus because you see all kinds of people. A few of the people that he met stand out in his mind for making the biggest impact were an army veteran who carried the guilt of his friend not coming home, a grandmother who survived trauma only to turn to drugs before turning her life around again to become a counselor, and a Marine who suffered from panic attacks.Mr. Levitt offers an unflinching look into the world that is often forgotten by mainstream America. He will continue to make people think long after this project has wrapped up.