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

City Council Approves Soda Tax

Mayor Ed Murray will be signing the ordinance into law on Tuesday.

06/05/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Mayor's Race 2017

Council Members Divided on Endorsements for Mayor

Mike O'Brien contributed $250 to both Nikkita Oliver and Cary Moon, their campaigns said.

06/05/2017 By Hayat Norimine

That Washington

Murray Joins 60 Mayors Who Promise to Uphold Paris Climate Accord Goals

"We will continue to be a leader in environmental justice as well."

06/01/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Housing and Homelessness

7 Big Takeaways from This Year's Homeless Count

The 116-page report outlined a number of important statistics that can inform the conversation around homelessness.

06/01/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Mayor's Race 2017

Jessyn Farrell Resigns as State Legislator, Will Focus on Mayor's Race

Vacating her seat allows her to raise money for her campaign.

06/01/2017 By Hayat Norimine

City Hall

Soda Tax Bill Now Excludes Diet Drinks

Lisa Herbold's controversial package of amendments would've put diet soda back in the mix, reduced the tax to 1 cent per ounce, and still raised more money.

05/31/2017 By Hayat Norimine

City Attorney's Office

Landlords Sue City Over Restrictions on Move-In Fees

RHA officials argue the council's ordinance is reducing options for affordable housing.

05/31/2017 By Hayat Norimine

City Hall

Council Passes Bill That Gives Youth Jail Opponents Another Chance to Appeal

Council member Mike O'Brien said the change just allows the project to be appealed, as council members always intended.

05/30/2017 By Hayat Norimine

City Hall

Council Members Debate Soda Tax's Impact to Small Businesses, Low-Income Families

The council could vote on the tax as early as next week.

05/30/2017 By Hayat Norimine

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