Cenk Uygur is an American columnist, political commentator and activist. He is the main host and co-founder of the American political and social commentary program Young-Turks show, of which Ana Kasparian is a co-host. His impassionate and polemic style of reporting current events make him a popular television personality. Conk is the most popular blogger for the Huffington post where he puts up views on political issues. He is also a regular contributor to Daily Kos and Politico. Before starting his career as a political commentator, he worked as an attorney in New York and Washington DC.
Early Life and Background
Cenk Uygur was born on March 21, 1970 in Istanbul, Turkey. Later on his family emigrated to U.S.A when he was only eight years old. They left their native place and settled in Northern New-Jersey. He finished his education from the Colombia Law School and University of Pennsylvania. The education he received in political science and business played a major part in his radio talk shows. It was during this time when he started writing columns for Daily Pennsylvania. Uygur pursued Law as a subject due to his father’s persuasion. However, a year of sudden debt made him take up a job as an attorney in a law firm named Drinker Biddle and Reath.
Career and achievements
Uygur’s first appearance in television was as a talk-show host on a weekend radio show on WWRC in Washington, DC. He wrote, produced, and appeared on WAMI-TV news show the Times, Miami. He soon started the Young Turks on Sirius Satellite Radio which gave a platform for political and liberal discussions. It was launched on February, 13, 2002 that became a success online. The show was also aired on the Sirius Satellite Radio Network.
The Young Turks is the first internet video news show with more than 1 billion YouTube views. On October, 21st 2010, MSNBC hired Uygur officially as a contributor and substitute anchor. He has made numerous appearances on MSNBC, CNN headlines, Al Jazeera, ABC News, Voice of America and many others. He has also been a guest on the Dylan Ratigan Show for a segment opposite various conservative commentators. Uygur has been acknowledged for many awards like ‘The Humanist award’ and ‘Emperor Has No Clothes Award’
Cenk Uygur – Wife and Children
Uygur is married to Wendy Lang and has two kids. Wendy Lang is engaged in activities of counseling and play therapy for teenagers. Uygur named his two sons, Joy Helena Uygur and Prometheus Maximus Uygur.
Armenian Genocide is the issue on which Uygur found him entangled in controversy. The person is found denying the Armenian Genocide. He stated that the issues and the claims surrounding Armenian Genocide were not based on historical facts. He states that if the history was examined there are no clear evidences of such genocide. This statement enraged the Armenians as the community considered Uygur to know about the historical regime linked to it. It was expected that Uygur would know about the Armenian genocide connection given his Turkish background.
Cenk Uygur – Net Worth
Cenk Uygur earns an annual salary of $3.5 million and his net worth is an average of $10 million. Most of his monies is through his appearance in The Young Turks, which he conceptualized and his appearances in other programs. The Young Turks is the most watched news program on YouTube with more than billion views and 5 million subscribers.
Cenk Uygur owns his residence in the West Los-Angeles, California United States.