Hayat Norimine, an Eastern Washington native, is Seattle Met’s news and politics hound and PubliCola reporter. She also contributes features and writes politics and culture stories throughout the magazine.

Hayat began her journalism career as an English editor in Amman, Jordan, and later became a local government and Southwest Washington politics reporter at The Daily News in Longview. She has a degree in creative writing at the University of Washington and a master’s degree in journalism at Northwestern University. She now lives in West Seattle with her husband and Bedouin dog.

City Hall

Seattle Police Discuss Uptick in Gun Violence After Alki Shooting

The briefing to council members was scheduled the morning after a 23-year-old man was fatally shot at Alki Beach.

05/25/2017 By Hayat Norimine

City Hall

Herbold Wants Closed-Captioning for Seattle Channel

"The closed-captioning is one that I'm going to be be taking on this year," the council member said.

05/24/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Immigration

Haitians Are Now the Second-Largest Population at the Northwest Detention Center

Since fall, undocumented Haitians have been put through the fast-track removal process if they were caught crossing the Mexican border.

05/23/2017 By Hayat Norimine

City Hall

Council Passes "Milestone" Legislation on Police Accountability

The bill creates civilian oversight of the Seattle Police Department.

05/22/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Mayor's Race 2017

21 Candidates Running for Mayor? Better Vote This Year

A small percentage difference can make or break a campaign.

05/22/2017 By Hayat Norimine

City Hall

Developers for 7 Projects Opt Into City's Mandatory Housing Program

The projects will raise an estimated $25 million for affordable housing.

05/18/2017 By Hayat Norimine

City Hall

As Police Reform Bill Moves Toward Council Vote, Community Police Commission Wants More

CPC members responded to letters from the city attorney and police chief.

05/17/2017 By Hayat Norimine

That Washington

Bill Introduced by Senator Murray Would Explicitly Ban Credit Discrimination Against LGBTQ

Only 15 states and DC have laws in place that prevent credit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

05/17/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Mayor's Race 2017

Jenny Durkan's Campaign Reports Raising $60,000 in 4 Days

And council member Lorena González said she won't run for mayor.

05/16/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Immigrants and Refugee Affairs

City Officials Want Immigrant Family Institute to Be a Permanent Program

Participants want to see the eight-week program continue, and expanded.

05/15/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Intentional Strangers

The Region's Fastest-Growing Immigrant Population Might Not Be Getting the Help It Needs

And you don’t have to be undocumented to feel the fear.

05/15/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Amazonia

The View from Above: Amazon's Spaceballs

The company’s downtown takeover just got spherical.

05/15/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Tax Me If You Can

Will Seattle Be the State’s First Income Tax Experiment?

Seattle loves paying taxes. But the one we may love the most flies in the face of state law.

05/15/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Mayor's Race 2017

10 of the Best Tweets After a Flood of Mayoral Candidates

State representative Jessyn Farrell makes 14.

05/12/2017 By Hayat Norimine

News Roundup

Week in Review: Mayoral Candidates, GOP Health Care, and James Comey

A wrap-up of this week's news in politics.

05/12/2017 By Liz Weber

Mayor's Race 2017

Council Member Lorena González Is "Considering" Running for Mayor

Rumors say she has already decided.

05/11/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Mayor's Race 2017

Former U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan Will Run for Mayor

The former U.S. attorney has advised businesses and two former governors, but has never run for office.

05/11/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Mayor's Race 2017

Why Doesn't the City Already Have a Public Bank?

State senator Bob Hasegawa has made the push for a municipal bank central to his platform.

05/11/2017 By Hayat Norimine

City Hall

Operation Nightwatch Moves Into Temporary Location in University District

Seattle City Council approved the temporary shelter at a building set to be demolished later this year.

05/10/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Mayor's Race 2017

Murray's Dropout Leaves 12 Mayoral Candidates, and Counting

Who will make it through the primary? Only time will tell.

05/10/2017 By Hayat Norimine