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.

Civil Rights

Seattle Activists Had a Lot to Protest on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

"We are here because of violence and poverty."

01/15/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Immigration

Attorneys: State Officials Warned About DOL Sharing Info with ICE

Matt Adams, a legal director for Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, said advocates told officials DOL was sharing information with ICE nearly a year ago.

01/12/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Olympia Dispatch

A House Bill Would Remove the Statute of Limitations for Felony Sex Offenses

"As survivors and loved ones of survivors, we live with this every day."

01/09/2018 By Hayat Norimine

City Hall

City's Inauguration Ceremony Filled with Trump Censures and Pats on the Back

"Seattle, sadly, was not immune from the realities of the national conversation about sexual assault."

01/08/2018 By Hayat Norimine

This Washington

State Will Offer a Nonbinary Gender on Birth Certificates

The rule change will take effect as of January 27.

01/04/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Donald Trump

Local Officials Respond to Federal Enforcement on Weed

Governor Jay Inslee said officials will "vigorously defend our state's laws" against federal enforcement.

01/04/2018 By Hayat Norimine

This Washington

What to Watch in Local Politics This Year

Here's what will be big news in politics in 2018.

01/03/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Murray Allegations

City Settles Lawsuit with Ed Murray's Accuser

City attorney Pete Holmes said the city is taking a step in "putting this sad chapter behind us."

12/30/2017 By Hayat Norimine

News Roundup

A Review of Seattle's Craziest Year in Politics

Seattle's had some major challenges—from Trump's agenda to the fallen mayor.

12/29/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Police Accountability

De-Escalate Washington Campaign Delivers Signatures to the State

“Action on this issue is long overdue."

12/28/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Health Inequality

Beacon Hill Experiences More Pollution Than Other Seattle Neighborhoods

Boxed in by loud vehicles, plane traffic, and their fumes, residents just want to breathe easy.

12/19/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Soapbox

Seattle Tried to Reform Campaign Finance with Democracy Vouchers. It Didn’t Work for Everyone.

Despite an increase in donor participation, the new program has some big flaws.

12/19/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Breaking News

Passengers Killed After Amtrak Train Derails onto I-5

The Amtrak train was on its way to Portland when it derailed off a bridge over I-5 near Olympia.

12/18/2017 By Hayat Norimine

That Washington

Bob Ferguson Is Suing Over Net Neutrality

Because of course he is.

12/14/2017 By Hayat Norimine

That Washington

Seattle's Congresswomen Are Pretty Happy About Roy Moore's Loss

Alabama "loudly rejected one of the most troubling and unfit candidates for Senate that I can recall," U.S. Senator Patty Murray said.

12/13/2017 By Hayat Norimine

City Hall

Seattle Reacts to the Death of San Francisco Mayor, Seattle Native Ed Lee

"Just an incredible loss for the Asian American community."

12/12/2017 By Hayat Norimine

That Washington

Transgender People Will Be Allowed to Serve in the Military

A federal judge on Monday ruled that barring transgender service members "is likely unconstitutional."

12/12/2017 By Hayat Norimine

City Council

Seattle Imposes Limits on Short-Term Rentals

A cap on short-term rental units accompanies a tax to take effect in 2019.

12/11/2017 By Hayat Norimine

City Attorney's Office

Seattle's Response to Jeff Sessions's Letter on Its Sanctuary City Policy

The eight-page letter said the city was in full compliance with federal law.

12/11/2017 By Hayat Norimine

City Hall

Durkan Signs KeyArena Renovation Plan

The $600 million renovation plan aims for an October 2020 completion date.

12/07/2017 By Hayat Norimine