Blurring the lines between news reporting and artistry has been something the most creative people in the U.S. have been doing for over a decade, and this tradition has been continued by the former journalist and musician Doug Levitt. As Doug Levitt set out on a six week journey by bus that he had initially labelled “The Greyhound Diaries” in 2005 he noticed the initial effects of the 2008 economic slowdown striking the poorest members of society he encountered in the heartland of America.
Doug Levitt had already been inspired by the work of artists in the 1930s who were funded by the WPA initiative that was developed to ensure the effects of economic disaster in the 1930s was recorded for posterity; inspired by these efforts during “The Great Depression“, Doug Levitt has been traveling by bus for over a decade and completed an impressive 120,000 miles as he has looked to replicate and evolve the work completed by artists in the 1930s to reflect the difficulties of life in the 21st century. Through the development of multiple media the work of Doug Levitt has now been brought to the attention of the wider public through the development of a dedicated YouTube channel to record his work on “The Greyhound Diaries“.
In his early life, Doug Levitt seemed destined to follow his family members into a career that would take him to the very top of the political or news media industry after the Washington D.C. born artist won a Fulbright Scholarship to study at the London School of Economics. Levitt became a foreign correspondent based in London for many top rated news channels, such as ABC and CNN and learn more about Doug Levitt.
A pivotal moment in the life of Doug Levitt pointed to by the artist himself was the death of his father that Doug Levitt often points to as the reason for his drive to follow his dream of becoming an artist. Traveling the country talking with people from various walks of life for “The Greyhound Diaries” has proven to be a form of therapy for Doug Levitt and allowed him to help others as he finds himself on the bus lines of the U.S. and more information click here.
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