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.

Public Transit

Durkan Nominates Sam Zimbabwe as New SDOT Leader

If approved, the transportation director would take the helm as SDOT faces a range of upcoming challenges.

12/18/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Growing Pains

Here Are the 10 Affordable Housing Developers That Just Got Funding from Durkan

The mayor announced a plan to spend $75 million and create 1,200 new affordable housing units Monday.

12/18/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Feature

Women Erased: How Washington Has Failed Missing Native Women

More Native American women have been counted as missing or murdered here than almost anywhere in the country. But authorities are at a loss on how to track, let alone stop, the trend.

12/18/2018 By Hayat Norimine Photography by Lindsey Wasson

The Bezos Bubble

Amazon Got the Scrutiny in New York It Never Faced in Seattle

New York City council members don't want Queens to turn into Seattle.

12/16/2018 By Hayat Norimine

What Happens in Olympia

A Guide to Understanding the 66th Legislative Session

From a capital gains tax to action on climate change, these are the bills to watch during the extra long session.

12/14/2018 By Hayat Norimine

This Washington

Inslee's Capital Gains Tax Excludes Sale of Investment Homes

The proposed biennial budget plays it safe.

12/13/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Growing Pains

5 Things to Know About the University of Washington Master Plan

Here's how UW plans to mitigate growth in the next 10 years.

12/12/2018 By Hayat Norimine

#MeToo

Advocates Push Again for a Bill to Remove the Deadline to Prosecute for Rape

The bill would allow rape survivors to pursue criminal charges regardless of the time passed since the crime. Earlier this year, it died in the Senate.

12/11/2018 By Hayat Norimine

KeyArena

Seattle Is Getting a Hockey Team

It's official.

12/04/2018 By Hayat Norimine

This Washington

State Legislators Plan to Pass Original Revisions to Deadly Force Initiative

"It really does remarkable work of improving our relationships with law enforcement."

12/03/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Election 2019

Who Is Running for Seattle City Council?

Catch up on the latest campaigns for the 2019 election.

12/03/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Upzoning

Ruling Supports Most Findings in FEIS for Seattle's Affordable Housing Plan

Council member Rob Johnson said the appeal has already cost the city $87 million in affordable housing funds.

11/22/2018 By Hayat Norimine

This Washington

What's Next for Washington to Address Climate Change?

"We don't need to let carbon pricing suck out all the oxygen from the room the way it has in the past."

11/20/2018 By Hayat Norimine

House of Cars

More Homeless Seattleites Live in Their Vehicles Than Ever Before

But city officials are back to square one.

11/20/2018 By Hayat Norimine

2019 Budget

Seattle City Council Passes $5.9 Billion Budget

The biennial budget focused on sustaining city services, but council members found room for some small additions.

11/19/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Criminal Justice

Report: No One Knows How Many Native Women Are Missing or Murdered

"I'm not going to wait for the state," Echo-Hawk said. "Our women deserve justice now."

11/16/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Last Week in Politics

Top 10 Stories: Election Results, Joe Fain, and a Protest to Protect Mueller Investigation

Your weekly dose of top political stories.

11/14/2018 By Anne Dennon

Q&A

Rob Johnson on His One-Term Seattle City Council Legacy

"I fundamentally believe that the challenges we face as a growing city have a lot to do with restrictive land-use policies."

11/09/2018 By Hayat Norimine

#MeToo

State Senate Leaders Plan Investigation for Rape Allegation Against Joe Fain

Candace Faber said the election "became an excuse for not taking meaningful action."

11/08/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Midterm Election

Kim Schrier Is the First Democrat to Represent the Eighth Congressional District

"We all want a future that is better for our children, and we want civility back."

11/08/2018 By Hayat Norimine