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Cenk Uygur

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Cenk Uygur in June 2016

Cenk Kadir Uygur (born March 21, 1970) is a Turkish-American political activist, politician and commentator and Internet personality. He is the main host and co-founder of the Internet talk radio show The Young Turks (TYT). He also was the main host on the television version of the show that aired on Current TV and later Al Jazeera America.[1]

Uygur was born in Istanbul, Turkey. He immigrated to East Brunswick, New Jersey when he was 8 years.

On November 14, 2019, Uygur announced his candidacy for the 2020 special election in California's 25th congressional district to replace Katie Hill.[2][3][4] In March, 2020, news medias reported that he had lost his bid for the seat.

Ugyur is also an uncle of Twitch streamer Hasan Piker.[5]

Despite the fact that Uygur is not a natural born citizen of the United States (as mandated by the ratificaton of The Constitution in 1788), in October 2023, Cenk announced his intent to challenge this restriction and seek the candidacy for President of the United States, vying against President Joe Biden for the Democratic party nomination in 2024.[6]In March 2024, Cenk reported his "decision to drop out of the race, resuming his full-time duties as host of "The Young Turks", which had in fact, been limited because of his candidacy bid.

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  1. "Cenk Uygur biography". The Huffington Post. Retrieved February 12, 2014.
  2. Ecarma, Caleb (November 13, 2019). "Cenk Uygur Files to Run For Congress in Katie Hill's District". Mediaite. Retrieved November 13, 2019.
  3. Wulfsohn, Joseph (November 13, 2019). "Liberal host Cenk Uygur files for congressional run in Katie Hill's former district". Fox News. Retrieved November 13, 2019.
  4. Cenk Uygur [@cenkuygur] (November 14, 2019). "I'm running for Congress to represent CA-25. If we fight together for this seat, it will be the People's seat. Fight with me by donating now secure.actblue.com/donate/cenk-fo… #cenk2020" (Tweet). Retrieved November 14, 2019 – via Twitter.
  5. "Young Turks Sheds Senior Employees in Staff Shakeup". web.archive.org. 2018-06-15. Archived from the original on 2018-06-15. Retrieved 2021-07-01.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  6. "Cenk Uygur running for president as Democrat | Semafor". www.semafor.com. 2023-10-11. Retrieved 2023-10-12.

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