Last modified: November 3, 2022
Quick Facts
  • Certifications:
    • Bachelor’s in Journalism
    • Master’s in Sports Administration
  • Expertise:
    • Cancer Centers
    • Occupational Health
    • Mesothelioma Research
    • Asbestos News
  • Author Profiles:

About Tim

Tim Povtak is an award-winning writer and journalist with more than three decades of experience. Tim earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and master’s degree from Ohio University after growing up near the steel mills of Youngstown, Ohio, where exposure to asbestos products was extensive.

He spent most of his career at the Orlando Sentinel before moving to AOL. His work has appeared in The New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times and The Boston Globe. In 2022, Tim helped launch The Mesothelioma Center’s Community Outreach program which connects patients with exceptional resources nationwide.

Tim joined The Mesothelioma Center in 2011, believing he could make a difference in raising awareness of mesothelioma cancer and the dangers of asbestos exposure. He frequently speaks with mesothelioma researchers, surgeons and patients to keep a pulse on the latest treatment advances.

Watch: Senior Writer Tim Povtak tells the story of one of the numerous mesothelioma survivors he has interviewed.

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  • "I’ve had the pleasure of speaking and sharing several of my stories regarding my diagnosis of peritoneal mesothelioma [with Tim]. Sharing my stories helps others to keep fighting and creates awareness. My experience has been so rewarding, and I look forward to the next article. Thank you to the staff writers and all the staff at The Mesothelioma Center!"
    Mesothelioma survivor