(Pronounced “Jenk” “You-Grrr”)
Cenk Uygur is the host and founder of The Young Turks, the largest online news show in the world, and CEO of TYT Network. With a verified global audience of more than 200 million views a month and 6 billion total video views, TYT Network is considered one of the most watched online news networks in the world.
Uygur launched The Young Turks as a talk show on Sirius Satellite Radio in 2002. The show then became the first daily video show on YouTube in 2005 and has since become the leading news and politics show for young, progressive viewers.
Most recently, The Young Turks was recognized with the Audience Honor in the 9th Annual Shorty Awards under Overall YouTube Presence and the People’s Voice Award in the 21st Annual Webby Awards for News & Politics: Series.
In 2016, Uygur received the Champion in Media: Fifth Estate award at the inaugural Multicultural Correspondents Dinner. He was named to Mediaite’s 2015 25 Most Influential People in Political News, Variety’s FameChangers, and The Hollywood Reporter’s NextGen 50 list. Uygur has amassed numerous recognitions by the Webby Awards, Shorty Awards, and Streamys for The Young Turks and as a web personality/host.
He has also appeared as a political commentator on CNN, ABC News’ This Week with George Stephanopoulos, NPR, Headline News, E!, Al Jazeera, Voice of America, WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer Show and Fox News Channel.
Uygur was the host of The Young Turks on Current TV, which was the most popular show on Current TV during its two-year run. Prior to Current TV, Uygur was the host of MSNBC Live at 6pm ET. Uygur graduated from the Wharton School of Business at University of Pennsylvania and from Columbia Law School.