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


120 lawmakers prioritize children, new scorecard says

| February 4, 2021 |

117th must build on momentum to tackle challenges, opportunities One-hundred-and-twenty members of Congress made children a priority in 2020, according to a new analysis


Editorial Board Memo: One single issue will unite the country

| January 13, 2021 |

To the members of the Editorial Board:  Congress has now certified that Joe Biden will be Inaugurated as our nation’s 46th President on January


Children get “down payment” in COVID-19 relief deal

| December 22, 2020 |

Parity, health care, nutrition provisions are welcome First Focus Campaign for Children is pleased to see several important gains for children in the COVID-19


Statement: Child care bills help industry; Funding must be included in the next COVID-19 relief package

| July 29, 2020 |

First Focus Campaign for Children applauds today’s House passage of two critical and complementary child care bills, but the good work will mean nothing


Child poverty bill to benefit millions of children

| July 3, 2020 |

COVID-19 pushing poverty numbers higher Today’s reintroduction of the Child Poverty Reduction Act of 2020 has come just in time.  The Child Poverty Reduction


Statement: Children gain coverage, access in new legislation

| June 25, 2020 |

 First Focus Campaign for Children is pleased that The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act (H.R. 1425), unveiled today by chairs of the House health


Statement: Today’s introduction of the Child Care is Essential Act

| May 27, 2020 |

In response to introduction of the Child Care Is Essential Act in the House and the Senate, Bruce Lesley, President of First Focus Campaign


HEROES Act shortchanges children

| May 14, 2020 |

Important strides, but key issues overlooked The $3 trillion Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act, unveiled this week by the House


Bipartisan CHIPPER Act offers strong solution

| May 13, 2020 |

As the economic toll of COVID-19 robs American families of their jobs and the health insurance that comes with them, lawmakers must act decisively


Children hit hard by COVID-19 fallout

| April 21, 2020 |

Advocate Demands Congress Protect Kids COVID-19 may not be killing children in the same numbers as adults, but the virus that has locked down