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


Watch: Child Nutrition Policy 101 and Q&A with USDA Deputy Undersecretary Stacy Dean

| July 28, 2022 |

Food and nutrition insecurity among children, particularly children of color and children from low-income backgrounds, remains stubbornly high, and dietary diseases among children are increasing. The


Statement: “Truth-telling” is first step to justice for children in treatment centers

| July 27, 2022 |

In response to the investigation of children’s treatment centers launched by Sens. Patty Murray (D-WA) and Ron Wyden (D-OR), First Focus on Children President


New report shows uninsured children could double — Black, Latino children to lead the loss

| July 18, 2022 |

Medicaid has long been the largest insurer of American children, with more than 35 million enrolled. The pandemic increased those numbers — and children’s urgent


Statement: SCOTUS ends “Remain in Mexico” policy

| July 1, 2022 |

The Supreme Court ruled this morning that President Biden can end the Trump Administration’s “Remain in Mexico” policy, which forced asylum seekers arriving at


Statement: 5-and-under vaccine recommendation is “good first step

| June 16, 2022 |

 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s vaccine advisory committee today recommended the authorization of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine for use in children 5 and under. The panel is expected


By 6-to-1 margin, voters say federal government should spend more on children

| June 13, 2022 |

American voters believe — by a roughly 6-to-1 margin — that the federal government is spending too little on the health, safety, and well-being


Statement: Cautious praise for Senate gun violence agreement

| June 13, 2022 |

In response to the Senate’s tentative agreement on gun violence legislation, President of First Focus on Children Bruce Lesley issued the following statement: “We


Children’s Week begins with organizations urging action

| June 13, 2022 |

Children’s advocacy organizations from around the country kicked off the fifth annual Children’s Week with a schedule of events aimed at urging Congress to better protect the health, safety,


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