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

3 Seattle Council Members Are Attending Samantha Bee's Trump Roast

Seattle's five council women received an invitation after their appearance on Full Frontal last year.

04/18/2017 By Hayat Norimine

City Hall

How Far Does the City's $1 Million Legal Defense Fund Go?

The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project director estimates a cost of $5,000 to $10,000 per case.

04/17/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Mayor's Race 2017

McGinn Wants Another Shot at Mayor

McGinn announced his candidacy Monday morning over Twitter.

04/17/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Banned in the USA

We The People: Meet Six Immigrants from the Six Countries on Trump's Travel Ban List

Some have been here for decades, others for just a few weeks. All felt the impact of the executive order acutely.

04/17/2017 By James Ross Gardner, Rianna Hidalgo, Hayat Norimine, and Allison Williams Photography by Brandon Hill

Olympia Dispatch

House Bill Aims to Fix Sound Transit's Inflated Car Values

But the bill would cost Sound Transit an estimated $780 million.

04/17/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Pink Riots

Seattle's Cherry Blossoms Were Late to the Party This Year

The 30 Yoshino cherry trees at UW attract visitors from all over the region and beyond.

04/17/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Opinion

Dear Mayor Murray: Don't Blame the Press for Your Problems

An open letter to Ed Murray.

04/14/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Fossil Fuel Divestment

City Retirement System Board to Reconsider Divesting from Fossil Fuels

The topic returns—and maybe it's not dead in the water this time.

04/13/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Murray Allegations

Murray Calls for Case to Be Dismissed

The Seattle mayor's statement comes after his accuser's attorney requested to depose him.

04/13/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Murray Allegations

What Exactly Are the Attorneys in the Mayor Murray Child Rape Allegation Case Up To?

An attorney who specializes in sexual abuse cases answers questions about the process and what to expect next.

04/12/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Murray Allegations

Murray's Attorney: There Is No Mole

The Seattle mayor's lawyer said the medical exam confirmed there was no mole described by his accuser.

04/11/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Council Wrap-Up

No Comments on Murray, Homeless Sweeps, and Environmental Policy Reform

Here's a rundown of the Seattle City Council meeting on Monday.

04/11/2017 By Hayat Norimine

City Hall

Seattle City Council Mandates Affordable Housing in South Lake Union, Downtown

The ordinance fell short for many activists who showed up to the council meeting Monday.

04/10/2017 By Hayat Norimine

City Hall

Should Commissioners for Police Accountability Be District Seats?

Council member Debora Juarez said district representation is "the law of the land."

04/10/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Murray Allegations

Mayoral Campaigns That Weathered the Storm (or Didn’t) After Allegations

As Seattle's mayor vehemently denies charges of molestation, we examine other high-profile reelection bids that faced troubling accusations.

04/07/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Murray Allegations

Murray Accuser's Attorney Wants to Schedule Video Deposition Next Week

The goal appears to be confirming some very personal details about Seattle's mayor.

04/07/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Murray Allegations

Murray Accused of Sexually Abusing Child Decades Ago

The Seattle mayor's attorney said he will "defend this lawsuit vigorously."

04/06/2017 By Hayat Norimine

That Washington

Jayapal and Sanders Introduce Bill for Free College Tuition

The legislation would make four-year colleges free for students from low-income families.

04/05/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Housing and Homelessness

How Regressive Is the Mayor's Sales Tax Proposal for Homelessness?

The sales tax is regressive, but experts say just slightly more so than a Seattle property tax.

04/04/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Digital Culture

Bertha's Journey Inspires Breakthrough GIFs

Seattle is fascinated by the SR 99 tunneling machine.

04/04/2017 By Hayat Norimine