Kate Michael

Kate Michael

Kate Michael is a writer/reporter based in Washington, D.C. In her early career she worked as a policy analyst for members of both the U.S. House and U.S. Senate as well as the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. After completing an M.A. in Government from Johns Hopkins University, she left Capitol Hill and accepted an appointment to create a Green Collar Jobs program for the government of the District of Columbia. Currently she reports on a variety of topics as a freelance contributor.


Recent Work

November 30, 2022
by Kate Michael
Gen Z News Habits and Tech Tools Take Center Stage at Italian Embassy Event

WASHINGTON — A multigenerational audience joined Mariangela Zappia, ambassador of Italy to the United States, at the Embassy of Italy... Read More

WASHINGTON — A multigenerational audience joined Mariangela Zappia, ambassador of Italy to the United States, at the Embassy of Italy in Washington, D.C., Tuesday night for a discussion of Gen Z news and social media trends. “They only know a world that is hyperconnected,” Zappia said... Read More

November 1, 2022
by Kate Michael
Analysts Stress Overpopulation Is Not Climate Culprit

WASHINGTON — Population trends analysts are still trying to quash the idea that overpopulation causes climate change.  While connected, there... Read More

WASHINGTON — Population trends analysts are still trying to quash the idea that overpopulation causes climate change.  While connected, there is no simple and direct relationship between human numbers and environmental impacts. So to move forward toward real environmental change, some analysts believe that paying attention... Read More

October 27, 2022
by Kate Michael
KFF Details COVID’s Effect on State Medicaid in Latest Report

WASHINGTON — COVID-19 has had a profound impact on the finances, ongoing operations and priorities of state Medicaid programs, according... Read More

WASHINGTON — COVID-19 has had a profound impact on the finances, ongoing operations and priorities of state Medicaid programs, according to a new report released by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Responses from the survey, which the nonprofit has conducted annually for 22 years, show changes in... Read More

October 19, 2022
by Kate Michael
California Governor Seeks Windfall Tax to Put Gas Money Back in People’s Pockets

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Late last month, California Gov. Gavin Newsom called for a windfall tax on oil companies that would... Read More

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Late last month, California Gov. Gavin Newsom called for a windfall tax on oil companies that would be reverted back to California taxpayers. Such a tax is necessary, Newsom said, because they have “failed to provide an explanation for the unprecedented divergence between... Read More

October 17, 2022
by Kate Michael
Outgoing COP26 President Sharma: ‘We Are Not Doing Everything in Our Power’

WASHINGTON — “We should be under no delusions; we are not doing everything in our power,” outgoing COP26 president and... Read More

WASHINGTON — “We should be under no delusions; we are not doing everything in our power,” outgoing COP26 president and British Cabinet Minister Alok Sharma candidly shared with the Wilson Center last week as he looked back on his three years leading the Conference of the... Read More

October 11, 2022
by Kate Michael
European Leaders Frustrated With Geopolitics Slowing Progress Toward Clean Energy Transition

ISTANBUL — There was candor and heated conversation as the Atlantic Council convened in Turkey this week for a conference... Read More

ISTANBUL — There was candor and heated conversation as the Atlantic Council convened in Turkey this week for a conference to discuss next steps in the clean energy transition. Leaders from government, business and research communities gathered to take stock of global developments, including how geopolitical... Read More

October 10, 2022
by Kate Michael
Celeb Youth Climate Activist at Press Club: ‘Rich Countries ... Do the Right Thing’

WASHINGTON — Vanessa Nakate, 25-year-old Ugandan climate activist and recently appointed UNICEF goodwill ambassador, visited Washington last week to meet... Read More

WASHINGTON — Vanessa Nakate, 25-year-old Ugandan climate activist and recently appointed UNICEF goodwill ambassador, visited Washington last week to meet with staff at the World Bank charged with leading international climate finance. She also spoke to the National Press Club about pushing the world’s biggest polluters... Read More

October 5, 2022
by Kate Michael
Renewable Thermal Energy Storage Companies Bringing the Heat to Industry

WASHINGTON — Just like the ground stays toasty even after the sun sets or your cup of hot chocolate can... Read More

WASHINGTON — Just like the ground stays toasty even after the sun sets or your cup of hot chocolate can warm your cold hands, thermal energy — or energy that comes from the temperature of a heated substance — has productively been used for cooking, drying,... Read More

September 30, 2022
by Kate Michael
Landmark Bills Offer Decarbonization Funding but Cities Not Ready

WASHINGTON — The effort to mitigate climate change, reduce greenhouse gases, and decarbonize is a national priority of many countries,... Read More

WASHINGTON — The effort to mitigate climate change, reduce greenhouse gases, and decarbonize is a national priority of many countries, but since the transportation, building, and electricity sectors produce nearly two-thirds of GHG emissions in the United States alone, it’s clear that cities are going to... Read More

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November 30, 2022
by Dan McCue
GOP Senators Oppose Advancing NDAA Unless Military Vaccine Mandate Canned

WASHINGTON — A group of U.S. senators led by Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said they will... Read More

WASHINGTON — A group of U.S. senators led by Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said they will oppose passage of this year’s defense spending authorization unless the chamber votes to repeal the current COVID-19 vaccine mandate for... Read More

November 30, 2022
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House Passes Legislation to Avert Nationwide Rail Strike

WASHINGTON — The House passed legislation Wednesday to avert a nationwide rail strike, the first step in avoiding an economic... Read More

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November 30, 2022
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Hakeem Jeffries Elected to Lead House Democrats Into the Future

WASHINGTON — Sixty-one years after President John F. Kennedy famously declared during his inaugural address that “the torch has been... Read More

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November 30, 2022
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Senate Tries to Smooth Out Snags in $1.2T Infrastructure Law

WASHINGTON — A Senate committee tried to tweak the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure law Wednesday to make sure the government... Read More

WASHINGTON — A Senate committee tried to tweak the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure law Wednesday to make sure the government is getting a good deal with its record investment to boost the economy. The five-year program won wide approval during... Read More

November 30, 2022
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Initiative Makes $350M Available to Increase COVID-19 Vaccinations

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is making $350 million available to increase COVID-19 vaccinations at Health Resources and Services Administration-supported... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is making $350 million available to increase COVID-19 vaccinations at Health Resources and Services Administration-supported health facilities. The funding will support health centers administering updated COVID-19 vaccines through mobile, drive-up, walk-up or community-based vaccination events,... Read More

November 30, 2022
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WHO Recommends New Name for Monkeypox Disease

GENEVA — The World Health Organization has begun using the term “mpox” as the preferred synonym for monkeypox. Both names... Read More

GENEVA — The World Health Organization has begun using the term “mpox” as the preferred synonym for monkeypox. Both names will be used simultaneously for one year while “monkeypox” is phased out, the organization said. According to the WHO, when... Read More

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