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


Health insurance for children drops for fourth year in a row

| September 14, 2021 |

Data released today show the number of U.S. children without health insurance rose in 2020 for the fourth year in a row as the coronavirus


Child poverty soars during pandemic, but aid to families blunted the impact

| September 14, 2021 |

The child poverty rate climbed above 16% in 2020 — a more than 10% increase over 2019 — according to figures released today, but stimulus


70 organizations protest Texas order that endangers immigrant children

| August 30, 2021 |

Gov. Abbott’s order takes effect tomorrow WASHINGTON, August 30, 2021 — Seventy organizations from Texas and around the country have urged Governor Greg Abbott to withdraw


Statement: $3.5T budget would benefit children, families

| August 12, 2021 |

 In response to the Senate’s passage of a $3.5 trillion budget plan, First Focus on Children President Bruce Lesley issued the following statement:  “We


Statement: SCOTUS decision on ACA will save kids’ lives

| June 17, 2021 |

The Supreme Court’s decision to leave the Affordable Care Act intact literally saves the lives of 23 million Americans, including 3 million children.  “We


Watch: Child Care: It’s (not just) a Kids Issue | #ChildrensWeek2021

| June 16, 2021 |

Child care and early learning offer critical developmental support to children, experts told a Children’s Week audience Wednesday, but they also provide vital infrastructure to the larger U.S. economy. “To think about child care as


WATCH: Immigration: It’s a Kids Issue | #ChildrensWeek2021

| June 15, 2021 |

Advocates and experts today turned a spotlight on children of immigrants and children who are themselves immigrants, and why they need Congress to create


WATCH: The American Families Plan: What does it mean for kids? | #ChildrensWeek2021

| June 14, 2021 |

Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona today urged viewers during the first event of Children’s Week 2021 to “be a voice for children” by writing


6 of the Biden Budget’s best kid proposals

| June 4, 2021 |

President Biden’s FY 2022 budget proposes historic investments in our nation’s children. Many of these mirror proposals outlined in his American Families Plan and


Statement: “Best interests of children” must govern policy

| June 3, 2021 |

In response to Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s order to revoke the licenses of facilities serving unaccompanied minors, First Focus on Children President Bruce Lesley