The former international correspondent Doug Levitt was once a familiar face on the TV when he was a London based international correspondent for some of the top news networks in the U.S. However, over the course of the last decade Doug has become better known as one of the world’s leading folk performers after departing on a series of bus trips that have allowed him to touch the lives of people in the heartland of the U.S. he feels are not represented through the mainstream media.
Doug Levitt believes the mainstream media does not give a full reflection of the lives of people in the U.S. who have been left behind and disenfranchised from the majority of society. Through the artistic work he has produced in the form of a novel, numerous songs, and photographic images Doug Levitt has been trying to give a voice to those in the U.S. who feel they are not given the chance to through traditional outlets across the country; the work of Doug Levitt is reminiscent of the reportage pieces produced in the 1930s when the poorest in U.S. society had little choice in how they lived their own lives. Musicians, photographers, and writers all set out to report on the people of the U.S. heartland in the 1930s and developed their own work to express the feelings and thoughts of those they met on journey’s across the country.
The need to help those who have not been given a regular voice in the U.S. is something the family of Doug Levitt has been looking to do for decades through their work in Washington D.C. Growing up in the U.S. capital gave Doug Levitt the chance to see inequality in a city that sees many communities on real need of assistance; Levitt’s parents were among the best respected in Washington D.C. local politics and the death of his father when Levitt was only 16 is seen as a pivotal moment in the life of the musician.