Ertuğrul Özkök was born in Izmir. After completing his degree at Ankara University College of Political Sciences Academy of Journalism, he finished his doctorate in France in communication sciences.
After completing his doctorate he returned to Turkey and worked at Hacettepe University till 1986 as a member of the faculty. Afterwards in 1986, he became Ankara representative of Hürriyet daily newspaper and later on in 1989, he became Hürriyet’s chief editor.
Özkök has completely transformed Hürriyet newspaper during the 20 years he was in charge. He created special pages in areas other than the consumer corner, such as real estate, automotive, gastronomy. He created a modern and pioneering newspaper incorporating different voices and different colors into the newspaper also using Saturday and Sunday supplements. Özkök has been a columnist since 2009. Ertuğrul Özkök, a member of the Board of Directors of the World Editors Forum, has 10 books.