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

Murray Opposes More Human Rights Commission Appointments

"This attitude can only create an echo chamber between the commissions and the city's political branches," the Human Rights Commission wrote to the Seattle mayor.

07/19/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Mayor's Race 2017

Candidate Profile: Mike McGinn

The fourth in a series of mayoral candidate profiles.

07/19/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Police Accountability

Mayor, City Council Take Steps for More Police Reform

Seattle mayor Ed Murray signed an executive order requiring body cameras; and council members codified bias-free policing.

07/17/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Murray Allegations

The Charter Challenge in Removing Murray

Council member Lorena González in a press release Monday asked Murray to consider stepping down.

07/17/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Murray Allegations

Why Did Murray's Accuser Drop the Lawsuit? Lawyers Say It's Standard

A report by the Seattle Times showed documents lending credence to sexual abuse claims in 1984.

07/17/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Mayor's Race 2017

Tim Eyman Awkwardly Gets Involved in Seattle's Mayoral Race

In an odd press release Friday morning, Eyman likened Durkan to Donald Trump.

07/14/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Mayor's Race 2017

Candidate Profile: Bob Hasegawa

The third in a series of mayoral candidate profiles.

07/14/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Mayor's Race 2017

Labor Groups Divided on Endorsements for Mayor

SEIU 775 and the Martin Luther King County Labor Council didn't see eye to eye on the mayor's race this year.

07/12/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Mayor's Race 2017

Candidate Survivor's Highlights and Cringeworthy Moments

Watch mayoral candidates display their talents.

07/12/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Swimming Against the Current

Seattle's New Seawall Uses Technology That Could Rescue Salmon

In a time of broken international emission agreements and losing climate change battles, Seattle sets out to be the model for cities living on shorelines—one struggling salmon at a time.

07/12/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Mayor's Race 2017

Candidate Profile: Jessyn Farrell

The second story in a series of mayoral candidate profiles.

07/11/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Power Lines

The Shooting of Charleena Lyles and the Return of the Police Accountability Conversation

The death of a mother who called for help is the nucleus of a restored movement.

07/11/2017 By Hayat Norimine

City Council

A Change to Income Tax Bill Pits Sawant Against González, Herbold

The city council unanimously passed the city income tax legislation on Monday.

07/10/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Mayor's Race 2017

Candidate Profile: Jenny Durkan

This is the first of a series of mayoral candidate profiles.

07/10/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Police Accountability

Proposed Initiative Would Remove "De Facto Immunity" for Officers

The proposed November 2018 ballot measure would essentially allow police to be criminally prosecuted for unjustified use of deadly force.

07/06/2017 By Hayat Norimine

City Council

Seattle Income Tax Heads to Council for a Vote

The city council approved the bill out of the finance committee on Wednesday.

07/05/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Police Accountability

Where Police Reform Could Be Heading in Seattle

Could Seattle implement a policy to implement independent investigations?

07/03/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Mayor's Race 2017

Murray Won't Seek Write-In Campaign, Endorses Jenny Durkan

"I really do not want to see this city go back to the divisiveness that I inherited," the Seattle mayor said.

06/29/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Housing and Homelessness

A History of Homelessness in Seattle

#SEAHomeless is raising awareness to Seattle's homeless problem. Here's a history of the past 12 years.

06/28/2017 By Hayat Norimine