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.

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

Morning Roundup

A Recap of General Election Night

Catch up on what you missed Tuesday.

11/07/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Midterm Election

Kim Schrier Leads Dino Rossi in First Night of Returns

Schrier's campaign said it expects later ballot counts to turn in her favor.

11/06/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Election 2018

Seattle Met’s Guide to Last-Minute Voting

King County’s November ballot is stacked.

11/02/2018 Edited by Hayat Norimine

Election 2018

Seattle Met's Guide to Last-Minute Voting

King County's November ballot is stacked.

11/02/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Election 2018

A Guide to the State Initiatives on November's Ballot

The state initiatives alone will be enough to turn out voters this November.

11/02/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Election 2018

Yes, You Should Care About This State Supreme Court Justice Race

Steven González was ranked "exceptionally well-qualified" by 10 of the state's bar associations. Nathan Choi is a conspiracy theorist.

11/02/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Going Green

Questions Answered on the Carbon "Fee" Initiative

What you need to know about I-1631 before you vote.

11/02/2018 By Hayat Norimine

The City Budget

Sawant Wants to Reallocate $48 Million of Durkan's Budget Plan to Housing

"It's been months later and we haven't seen a plan B," Sawant said.

10/24/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Last Week in Politics

Top 10 Stories: Seattle Police Contract, Regressive Taxes, and Backyard Cottages

Your weekly dose of top political stories.

10/22/2018 By Anne Dennon

Election 2018

In 34th Legislative District Senate Race, Candidates Make Their Case on Representation

Shannon Braddock and Joe Nguyen are both vying for a Senate seat in one of the most progressive legislative districts in the state.

10/22/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Progressive Taxation

Report: Washington State Taxes Are Still the Most Inequitable in the Country

Families who make less than $24,000 a year—the poorest 20 percent of the state—pay an estimated 17.8 percent of their income toward taxes.

10/17/2018 By Hayat Norimine and Christina Ausley

Left Turn

Are Third Parties the Future for Seattle Politics?

Democrats no longer hold the same “progressive” rep—and there’s a new kind of left emerging.

10/16/2018 By Hayat Norimine

This Washington

State Supreme Court Strikes Down the Death Penalty

The death penalty has been imposed in an "arbitrary and racially biased manner," the justices ruled.

10/11/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Midterm Election

New Poll: More Women Are Voting for Rossi After the Kavanaugh Hearings

Dino Rossi now has a 10-percentage-point lead over Democrat Kim Schrier, according to a new poll released Wednesday.

10/10/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Last Week in Politics

Top 10 Stories: Hockey, Seattle City Light, and King County Inquest Process

Your weekly dose of top political stories.

10/08/2018 By Anne Dennon