David Levitt was born to a middle class family in Washington, D.C. in 1972. He had the opportunities available to a comfortable middle class. He attended Cornell University and got a degree in Journalism which led him to report for such well known media centers as ABC, CNN and MSNBC. David Levitt was based in London and acted as a foreign correspondent covering news from countries like Iran and Rwanda.
Levitt left his post as foreign correspondent to become a songwriter. He came back to the United States and began working with a record producer in Nashville. His original intent was to take a six week long Greyhound bus tour across America. He wanted to talk and interact with people that traveled by Greyhound because he felt that the people traveling that way had not alternative mode of transportation. They are the overlooked and forgotten population of America struggling to survive and often living in poverty. These are the people that do not have open access to social media with laptops or smartphones. This unknown, unseen, struggling portion of the American population cannot relay their own stories. Levitt saw the value in helping their stories to finally be told if any change was to come and learn more about Doug.
The Greyhound Diaries were born. Levitt started the journey in 2004. As he traveled across the country meeting people from different cultural backgrounds, Levitt noticed that people will naturally look for a commonality they share with other people. He has successfully traveled across America collecting memories, stories, songs and pictures of people who would otherwise remain unknown in American population. Their stories are reaching the larger population and shedding light on the lives of struggle that were before completely out of sight and out of mind and read full article.
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