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.

Police Accountability

5 Questions Unanswered About the Shooting of Charleena Lyles

Here's how officers are already supposed to handle mental health crises.

06/23/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Mayor's Race 2017

KING 5 Poll: McGinn, Durkan Are Frontrunners for Seattle Mayor

Another poll puts Hasegawa in the top two. But a large chunk of voters are still undecided.

06/21/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Police Accountability

"I Don't Have a Taser," Officer Says Before Shots Killed Charleena Lyles

Seattle police on Monday evening released dash cam footage, a transcript, and previous incident report with the 30-year-old black mother who was killed by officers Sunday.

06/20/2017 By Hayat Norimine

City Hall

Landlords Are Now Required to Provide Voter Registration Info

Renters are far less likely to have voted if they've lived in their homes for less than a year.

06/19/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Police Accountability

Black Mother Killed in Officer-Involved Shooting

Social justice activists around the world responded to Charleena Lyles's death.

06/19/2017 By Hayat Norimine

City Hall

8 Questions Answered About Seattle's Proposed Income Tax

Understanding the city's proposed income tax.

06/16/2017 Photography by Hayat Norimine

Murray Allegations

Murray Accuser Withdraws Sexual Abuse Lawsuit

The motion said the plaintiff feels it would be better to wait until next year to bring the case forward again.

06/14/2017 By Hayat Norimine

City Hall

Council Approves Using $2.3 Million for New School Bus System

Seattle public schools this year will switch to a two-tier bus system.

06/14/2017 By Hayat Norimine

City Hall

City Releases Its Income Tax Proposal

The council will hold a public hearing Wednesday morning.

06/13/2017 By Hayat Norimine

City Hall

Seattle City Council Wants Puget Sound Energy to Stop Using Coal-Fired Facility

A resolution sponsored by Mike O'Brien upholds the Paris climate accord goals and takes it a few steps further.

06/12/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Olympia

PCOs Pick Javier Valdez to Replace Jessyn Farrell

Valdez will fill the vacancy immediately after the King County Council's approval Monday.

06/12/2017 By Hayat Norimine

A Waiting Game

Meet the Immigrant Choosing Prison Over Deportation

Erasto Merino Najera fears returning to Mexico will cost him his life.

06/12/2017 By Hayat Norimine

City Attorney's Office

Judge Rules in Favor of City, Upholds Seattle Hotel Workers' Rights in Lawsuit

Initiative 124 will remain intact.

06/09/2017 By Hayat Norimine

City Hall

Council Bill Would Give Schools $2.3 Million for Two-Tier Bus System

The legislation is up for a vote on Monday.

06/09/2017 By Hayat Norimine

When Bertha Broke Ground

It's Been 91 Years Since Seattle's First (and Only) Female Mayor

That could change come November. But why has it taken so long?

06/09/2017 By Hayat Norimine

That Washington

Highlights of James Comey's Testimony

The moment we've all been waiting for.

06/08/2017 By Hayat Norimine

KeyArena

5 Questions Answered About the KeyArena Proposal

The mayor picked the Los Angeles-based Oak View Group to renovate the stadium in the hopes of bringing NHL or NBA teams to Seattle.

06/07/2017 By Hayat Norimine

City Hall

City Is Proposing Changes on Inspection Program for Rental Units

The ordinance would require private inspectors to submit failed inspection results to the city.

06/07/2017 By Hayat Norimine

City Hall

Mandatory Affordable Housing Bill for International District Moves Toward Council Vote

The council vote is slated for July 17 after the legislation was passed out of committee Tuesday.

06/06/2017 By Hayat Norimine

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