Michele Kayal Vice President, Media and Communications

Michele Kayal is an award-winning journalist who has covered everything from post-Communist Europe to country music cookbooks for the New York Times, Associated Press, NPR and other national outlets. As a “recovering reporter” she now deploys her media and communications skills on behalf of the children served by First Focus and First Focus Campaign for Children.

Before joining First Focus, Michele spent three years leading communications for Relief International, a $100 million humanitarian organization providing refugee assistance in 16 countries. For more on Michele’s background, please visit her LinkedIn profile.   

Resources by Michele Kayal


SCOTUS could scuttle “gold standard” in child welfare

| November 9, 2022 |

Indian Child Welfare Act prioritizes family reunification   The case before the U.S. Supreme Court today challenging a 1978 law governing the welfare of Native


Statement: SCOTUS case threatens more than children’s Medicaid benefits

| November 8, 2022 |

Outcome could “strangle many federal programs that benefit children” In response to the case of Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County, Indiana v.


120 lawmakers propelled record investment in children, new scorecard says

| November 3, 2022 |

Scorecard for 117th ranks members’ commitment to children One-hundred-and-twenty members of Congress helped propel record investment in children this year, according to a new


Statement: Omicron booster efforts could leave children behind

| October 14, 2022 |

Advocate urges “money and mechanisms” to help children access new shot In response to authorization by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that children as


Fix to “family glitch” fulfills a decade of advocacy

| October 11, 2022 |

The Biden Administration today eliminated the “family glitch” from the Affordable Care Act, a flaw that makes health insurance coverage unaffordable for roughly 5


DACA is “in best interests” of children, advocate says

| October 6, 2022 |

Congress must create path to citizenshipCongress must create path to citizenship In response to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals’ complex ruling on the


Children’s Budget 2022 finds record-breaking investment in children

| October 5, 2022 |

Federal spending on children broke records during the pandemic, a new report from First Focus on Children finds, but Congress is quickly abandoning that


Statement: Today’s White House hunger conference must outline clear solutions for children

| September 28, 2022 |

In anticipation of today’s White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health, First Focus on Children President Bruce Lesley issued the following statement: “Today’s


CHIP, Medicaid kept children insured

| September 21, 2022 |

Data released today show the number of U.S. children without health insurance declined for the first time in at least four years in 2021,


It’s way too early to declare victory over child poverty

| September 20, 2022 |

Child poverty in this country last year dropped to the lowest rate ever recorded and, according to new research, has declined by nearly 60%