Cenk Kadir Uygur is a Turkish-American columnist, political commentator and activist. Uygur is the main host and co-founder of the American liberal/progressive political and social internet commentary program The Young Turks (TYT), and the co-founder of the associated TYT Network. A naturalized U.S. citizen, Uygur was born in Turkey and raised from age eight in the United States. He worked as an attorney in Washington, D.C. and New York before beginning his career as a political commentator.
In addition to hosting TYT, Uygur appeared on MSNBC as a political commentator in 2010, later hosting a weeknight commentary show. Shortly after leaving MSNBC, Uygur secured a show on Current TV that aired from December 5, 2011 to August 15, 2013.
Uygur created the talk show TYT with the goal of starting a moderate liberal political and entertainment show. It launched on February 13, 2002. It later became a success online, and aired on the Sirius Satellite Radio network. TYT was the first internet video news show and is now the largest online news show in the world. Collectively it has amassed over 1 billion views on YouTube, and has over 1 million subscribers.