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Cenk Kadir Urguy is a Turkish-American activist, political commentator and a businessman

InformationDetail
BirthdayMarch 21, 1970
NationalityTurkish, American
FamousUniversity Of Pennsylvania, Political Activists, Media Personalities, TV Anchors, Show Host
SpousesWendy Lang
SiblingsSedef Piker
Known asCenk Kadir Urguy
ChildrensJoy Helena Uygur, Prometheus Maximus Uygur
Universities
  • University Of Pennsylvania
Notable Alumnis
  • University Of Pennsylvania
Birth Place Istanbul, Turkey
Born CountryTurkey
Height174
GenderMale
Net Worth$3.5 Million as of May 10,2017
Sun SignAries
Born inIstanbul, Turkey
Famous asPolitical Activist, Show Host
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Who is Cenk Urguy?

Cenk Kadir Urguy is a Turkish-American activist, political commentator and businessman known for ‘The Young Turks’, a political and social show. Cenk founded and happens to be the co-host of ‘The Young Turks’. He was a prolific attorney in Washington D.C. before embarking on a career as a political commentator. He enjoys a massive fan base in the USA due to his fearless activism and heated debates conducted on his show with a hint of satirical humour. Since his younger days, Cenk has been speaking openly about conservatism, affirmative action, feminism and abortion, and is now known as a full-fledged progressive activist. Apart from hosting his online show, Cenk was seen making political commentaries on MSNBC, and before being replaced by Al Sharpton, he hosted a weeknight commentary show on the network. He also served as the chief news officer at Current TV and succeeded Keith Olbermann. Cenk has been an activist since his college and law school days and he has raised his voice against the oppression of the minorities and Muslims in the gulf countries.

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Childhood & Early Life

Cenk Kadir Uygur was born on 21st March 1970 in Istanbul, Turkey. Since his parents deemed Turkey unsafe, they moved to the USA when Cenk was 8-years-old and the family spent the next few years in New Jersey, where he spent most of his childhood later.

He got enrolled in East Brunswick High School in Jersey. He constantly got bullied at the school because of being a Muslim but there were many who supported him. These experiences shaped Cenk as a teenager and he turned agnostic later.

Cenk then went on to pursue his graduation in Management from Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and he represented the Turkish Students Association in the college. Despite being a management graduate, he chose Law as his post graduation programme and did Jurius Doctor Degree from Columbia Law School.

He got his very first job at a prolific law firm ‘Drinker Biddle & Reath’ in Washington D.C and then went on to work for ‘Hayes and Liebman’ in New York City.

Career

Cenk Uygur started with political activism and writing columns for newspapers and magazines back in college. He was extremely critical of feminism and the organized religious groups and frequently wrote articles about them, mostly in the ‘The Daily Pennsylvanian’. In an article he wrote about the genocide of Armenians, and expressed a controversial opinion that it wasn’t actually genocide. But later in his life, he regretted ever writing the article and says that he didn’t know enough about the matter then.

In 2002, he founded ‘The Young Turks’, with the intention of creating a liberal political and entertainment show. The show later went on to become the most successful online news show, bringing Cenk in limelight. The YouTube channel for the show has more than 3 million subscribers as of now and over 1 billion overall views on the channel. The videos are also available on the show’s official website and podcasts.

In 2011, Current TV hired Cenk to create a similar show for them and tweaked the name a bit to ‘The Young Turks with Cenk Uygur’. The show ran for two good years and was taken off air in August 2013, while ‘The Young Turks’ continued its run online.

Cenk was also a part of MSNBC when he got hired in 2010 as a substitute anchor and a contributor to the show. Later, he went on to become the prime time news anchor for the show and worked there for more than a year, until he resigned, citing the reason that he was being considered for a low profile weekend spot, which would be an insult to his talents.

Later in 2011, Cenk launched Wolf-Pack, a long term project, which came into existence during the time when ‘Occupy Wall Street’ movement was at its peak. With the launch of Wolf-PACK, Cenk aimed to organize a convention in which the ways to end the ‘Corporate Personhood’ were discussed.

Cenk announced the formation of Justice Democrats, right after days of the inauguration ceremony of President Donald Trump. With that, Cenk aimed to bring the attention of Democratic Party towards a more progressive and social democratic direction which was supported by Bernie Sanders, a U.S. Senator.

Awards & Achievements

In his career as a political and social commentator, Cenk has received several honours such as the ‘Emperor Has No Clothes Award’ from Freedom From Religion Foundation, which he shared with Ayaan Hirsi Ali and the ‘Humanist Media Award’ from American Humanist Association.

Personal Life

Cenk Uygur was born in a Muslim family and his parents were religious, but ever since he got out of his house and became an activist, he has adopted a ‘hardcore agnostic’ way of life. He has also openly claimed that he is a hardcore atheist.

He had a long term affair with his family therapist, Wendy Lang, and eventually got married to her and the couple got blessed with a son and a daughter in 2010 and 2012 respectively.

Net Worth

As of June 2017, Cenk’s total net worth is estimated to be USD 3.5 millions which he has made through his online channel and his guest appearances on several platforms.

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Cenk Urguy biography timelines

  • // 21st Mar 1970
    Cenk Kadir Uygur was born on 21st March 1970 in Istanbul, Turkey. Since his parents deemed Turkey unsafe, they moved to the USA when Cenk was 8-years-old and the family spent the next few years in New Jersey, where he spent most of his childhood later.
  • // 2002
    In 2002, he founded ‘The Young Turks’, with the intention of creating a liberal political and entertainment show. The show later went on to become the most successful online news show, bringing Cenk in limelight. The YouTube channel for the show has more than 3 million subscribers as of now and over 1 billion overall views on the channel. The videos are also available on the show’s official website and podcasts.
  • // 2010
    Cenk was also a part of MSNBC when he got hired in 2010 as a substitute anchor and a contributor to the show. Later, he went on to become the prime time news anchor for the show and worked there for more than a year, until he resigned, citing the reason that he was being considered for a low profile weekend spot, which would be an insult to his talents.
  • // 2010 To 2012
    He had a long term affair with his family therapist, Wendy Lang, and eventually got married to her and the couple got blessed with a son and a daughter in 2010 and 2012 respectively.
  • // 2011 To Aug 2013
    In 2011, Current TV hired Cenk to create a similar show for them and tweaked the name a bit to ‘The Young Turks with Cenk Uygur’. The show ran for two good years and was taken off air in August 2013, while ‘The Young Turks’ continued its run online.
  • // 2011
    Later in 2011, Cenk launched Wolf-Pack, a long term project, which came into existence during the time when ‘Occupy Wall Street’ movement was at its peak. With the launch of Wolf-PACK, Cenk aimed to organize a convention in which the ways to end the ‘Corporate Personhood’ were discussed.
  • // Jun 2017
    As of June 2017, Cenk’s total net worth is estimated to be USD 3.5 millions which he has made through his online channel and his guest appearances on several platforms.

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  • What is Cenk Urguy birthday?

    Cenk Urguy was born at 1970-03-21

  • Where is Cenk Urguy's birth place?

    Cenk Urguy was born in Istanbul, Turkey

  • What is Cenk Urguy nationalities?

    Cenk Urguy's nationalities is Turkish, American

  • Who is Cenk Urguy spouses?

    Cenk Urguy's spouses is Wendy Lang

  • Who is Cenk Urguy siblings?

    Cenk Urguy's siblings is Sedef Piker

  • Who is Cenk Urguy childrens?

    Cenk Urguy's childrens is Joy Helena Uygur, Prometheus Maximus Uygur

  • What was Cenk Urguy universities?

    Cenk Urguy studied at University Of Pennsylvania

  • What was Cenk Urguy notable alumnis?

    Cenk Urguy's notable alumnis is University Of Pennsylvania

  • How tall is Cenk Urguy?

    Cenk Urguy's height is 174

  • What is Cenk Urguy's sun sign?

    Cenk Urguy is Aries

  • How famous is Cenk Urguy?

    Cenk Urguy is famouse as Political Activist, Show Host

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