Mr. Dong Levitt is an eccentric writer by choice. Motivated by his idea to explore the characters in the America Society often overlooked by the traditional media, he started the Greyhound Dairies project. The project consists of his bus travel experience, pictures, videos, and recorded interviews that took him 13 years to complete having traveled 120,000 miles across America on a Greyhound bus. “On the bus, you’re surrounded by poverty, addiction, and mental illness,” he says. “And my own mental health has been wrapped up in this journey too. Through strangers, I’ve been trying to resolve it” said Dong. At 16, his father committed suicide and his contact with strangers helped him to overcome his trauma. He worked for the John Kerry presidential campaign and rode in buses across the country to register undecided voters. As former CNN war correspondent and traveled to Bosnia, Iran, and Rwanda, he saw the ravages of war; dead people, human suffering, and destruction of property. You can also follow him on twitter: https://twitter.com/douglevitt
Dong Levitt has shared his experiences with the Greyhound Dairies in interviews on the print and media. He was featured as a guest on Channel 4 news in March 2017. He said his bus travels enabled him to gain the insights about the problems of the American society. He met a veteran who could not forgive himself for the death of his colleague in Afghanistan, a grandmother who talked about her recovered new life as a counselor from depression and crack cocaine addiction or a former marine having panic attacks.
Asked why he left CNN to ride in Greyhound bus, Dong explained that even though he came to terms with his father suicide he needed to be on the road and write songs and stories about people and their struggles to get by.Dong Levitt was one of those who predicted that Mr. Donald Trump would win the 2016 elections. He said that during his travels by bus “he saw a disconnect between people on the right with their politicians and an ignorance on the left to see what people really felt like in key swing states.”