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


16 National Health Care Organizations Urge HHS to Extend COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

| May 11, 2022 |

Extension would shield children’s health insurance, food security First Focus on Children is pleased to be among 16 national organizations representing the public health community, millions


Watch: Experts say children struggled with orphanhood, other impacts internationally

| May 2, 2022 |

Nearly 52 million children around the world have been documented with childhood COVID and more than 7 million have lost a caregiver to the pandemic.  In our KCC


Watch: Fixing the severed school lifeline

| April 28, 2022 |

In the chaotic onset of the coronavirus pandemic, school nutrition leaders appealed to the Trump Administration to let them handle the crisis as if


Watch: Studies show Children enjoyed more stable lives with pandemic aid

| April 20, 2022 |

Analysts from Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan have found that federal pandemic assistance helped close the persistent gap in material hardship for U.S.


Watch: Epidemiologist urges holistic approach to childhood COVID

| April 14, 2022 |

Epidemiologist Theresa Chapple brought us an out-of-the-box perspective on this week’s Kids And COVID Conversation, starting with the consequences of comparing childhood COVID to


Watch: “Survivor mode” is go-to for immigrant families during pandemic

| April 7, 2022 |

Advocates for children of immigrants are calling on lawmakers to eliminate restrictions that create — and perpetuate — barriers to support and services. One-quarter


ACA tweak to make insurance more affordable for many families

| April 6, 2022 |

The Biden Administration plans to publish a proposal tomorrow outlining changes to the Affordable Care Act that eliminate the “family glitch,” a flaw that


Statement: Children to benefit from end of Title 42

| April 1, 2022 |

 In response to today’s order from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention terminating the policy of expelling migrants under Title 42 of the US Code, First Focus


Statement: Biden budget will “fuel investment” in our children

| March 31, 2022 |

After studying President Biden’s FY 2023 budget proposal, released this week, First Focus on Children President Bruce Lesley offers the following statement:  “We’re pleased that President


Sunday marks two years of turning away children; Title 42 still causing harm to children and families

| March 18, 2022 |

Sunday marks two years since the U.S. government began misusing an obscure section of federal law known as Title 42 to turn away children,