At the turn of the 21st century news reporter Doug Levitt seemed to have his future career mapped out for him as he was reporting from around the world as a correspondent for CNN and other major networks. However, Levitt felt something was missing in his life and the artistic experience within the U.S., which prompted him to embark on a new career as an artist touring the country to create “The Greyhound Diaries”.
“The Greyhound Diaries” has been warmly received by fans and critics alike in the many different forms it has taken since Doug Levitt embarked upon a six week journey by Greyhound Bus in 2004; Levitt found such richness to discuss in “The Greyhound Diaries” that he could not end his artistic journey after six weeks and continued his epic ride across the U.S. through 2012. After more than 80,000 miles of traveling Doug Levitt has released two EP’s of music and assembled over 10,000 images used in the book detailing his experiences on the road.
Doug Levitt may not seem like a traditional American artist, but he has always felt a calling to travel and felt his artistic choices would play an important role in his life and career. Born into one of the best known political families in Washington D.C., Doug Levitt graduated from Cornell University after moving between the sciences and international politics as a major. After finding success as a news correspondent Levitt stated his own belief that the death of his father prompted him to leave this career and follow his chosen artistic path.
“The Greyhound Diaries” has become something more than even Doug Levitt expected after the former CNN correspondent found himself exploring everyday American life as the 2008 economic slowdown began. Doug Levitt has been described as following in the footsteps of great American artists and social commentators who were found in the early and mid 20th century and created a golden period in the U.S. based arts.