Born in 1983 in Nicosia, Mert Özdağ studied journalism at Near East University. He worked at Kıbrıs newspaper between 2000-2002, during which he played an active role in setting up Kıbrıs TV. After a stint at Radio SİM, Özdağ started working as a reporter for Yenidüzen newspaper in 2002. In 2009, he was appointed news director, and then managing editor in 2015, while since December 2022, he is working as Yenidüzen’s general manager and editor-in-chief. Since 2009, he has been writing daily columns in Yenidüzen. He is the recipient of numerous awards for his work in journalism.