Doug Levitt is an American Songwriter and journalist. He is the lastborn of Carol Schwartz a former member if the D.C City Council. As a young kid, Doug Levitt attended public schools and got to interact with kids from low income families. However, he never really got to understand how they lived their lives. Not until he began his Greyhound Diaries and began interacting with the undeserved.
Doug Levitt chose to travel across the country using buses owned by the Greyhound bus company. Perhaps, the reason why he named his documentary The Greyhound Diaries. He boards these buses and travels to very remote places in the US, places that not many people know exist. When he boards the bus, he makes that he interacts with his seat mates and those on the bus. He starts by sharing his intimate stories, which force the people to share their stories also.
Through Greyhound Diaries, Doug Levitt has become a much better person. He got rid of the guilt that he carried, mostly for the suicide of his father, which happened when he was just 16 years old. To him, interactions on the Greyhound buses are some sort of therapy and learn more about Doug Levitt.
Having travelled over 120,000 miles, across the country, in approximately 13 years, he has gathered a lot about the undeserved, how they live and how they perceive politics and governments. He has been able to get to places that not many are willing to go, trying to understand how the undeserved go by every other day. He then recreates this information through songs, images, stories and arts and his Twitter.
Even though he started his Greyhound journey for political purposes, he has since recourse. He now travels not to encourage people to register as voters, but to listen to their stories and spread them hoping that this will influence the government and other non-governmental organizations to do something to change the situation of this people.
Before embarking on the Greyhound Diaries Journey, Doug Levitt worked for CNN as a war correspondent. He has been to war torn countries like Iran, Bosnia and Burundi.