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.

Left Turn

Are Third Parties the Future for Seattle Politics?

Democrats no longer hold the same “progressive” rep—and there’s a new kind of left emerging.

9:00am By Hayat Norimine

This Washington

State Supreme Court Strikes Down the Death Penalty

The death penalty has been imposed in an "arbitrary and racially biased manner," the justices ruled.

10/11/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Midterm Election

New Poll: More Women Are Voting for Rossi After the Kavanaugh Hearings

Dino Rossi now has a 10-percentage-point lead over Democrat Kim Schrier, according to a new poll released Wednesday.

10/10/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Last Week in Politics

Top 10 Stories: Hockey, Seattle City Light, and King County Inquest Process

Your weekly dose of top political stories.

10/08/2018 By Anne Dennon

Seattle's Resistance

Protesters Rally Against Kavanaugh in Downtown Seattle

"Our nation can do better than Brett Kavanaugh."

10/05/2018 By Hayat Norimine

City Budget

Durkan's Proposed $5.9 Billion Budget Invests in Public Safety, Transit

In the coming months, council members could eye more funding for housing and homelessness.

09/24/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Mayor's Office

Durkan Creates a New Office, Investigative Unit to Address Workplace Misconduct

A new executive order directs the city to create a new investigative unit to field all workplace complaints within the executive branch.

09/21/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Housing & Homelessness

Tenant Advocates Score a Big Win in Court, Still Want More Protections

A new report details evictions in the city last year and what Seattle should do next.

09/21/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Election 2018

Daron Morris Suspends His Campaign in King County Prosecutor Race

Morris in a statement on Friday said he was dropping out due to medical reasons and asked for privacy.

09/21/2018 By Hayat Norimine

State Suits

Settlement Reached in Lawsuit over Hanford Worker Safety

The U.S. Department of Energy will pay the state and organizations $925,000 and start testing a new system to eliminate vapors.

09/19/2018 By Hayat Norimine

King County

King County Council Approves $135 Million Funding for Safeco Field

"I think it’s going to feed into the cynicism of the public toward elected officials."

09/19/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Midterm 2018

Primary Republican Candidate Endorses Carolyn Long in Third Congressional District Race

Michael Cortney said he endorsed Long because she believes in climate change.

09/18/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Housing & Homelessness

Council Members Want More Surplus Property to Be Used for Affordable Housing

A resolution would direct the city to consider any surplus property for affordable housing before it's put on sale.

09/13/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Seattle City Light

Auditor Will Investigate Seattle City Light Billing Practices

The audit follows "numerous" complaints from customers and a request from Seattle council member Teresa Mosqueda.

09/12/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Feature

A Dog Walks into a Grocery Store

A new state law means stiff fines for anyone who falsely claims their canine is a service animal. That hasn’t made entering a restaurant, grocer, or airplane any less confusing.

09/11/2018 By Hayat Norimine Illustrations by Rami Niemi

Rock Steady

How I Conquered Fear While Bouldering

Yes, bouldering can be scary. But here's why I made a six-hour trek to do it anyway.

09/11/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Cover Story

15 Picture-Perfect Road Trips

Even when it’s not what you expect, Pacific Northwest highways lead to vacation perfection.

09/11/2018 Edited by Allison Williams By Stefan Milne, Hayat Norimine, and Allecia Vermillion

#SaveTheShowbox

Showbox Owner Sues the City

The company alleged that council members violated its constitutional rights.

09/05/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Mayor's Office

Durkan Nominates Debra Smith as Next Seattle City Light CEO

"I believe that the tone starts at the top," Smith said.

08/28/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Climate Change

Clean Air Officials Advise Staying Inside, Says Air Is "Unhealthy for Everyone"

Seattle ranked as the city with the worst air pollution worldwide on Tuesday morning, according to an air quality monitor.

08/20/2018 By Hayat Norimine