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.

This Washington

What to Watch in Local Politics This Year

Here's what will be big news in politics in 2018.

01/03/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Murray Allegations

City Settles Lawsuit with Ed Murray's Accuser

City attorney Pete Holmes said the city is taking a step in "putting this sad chapter behind us."

12/30/2017 By Hayat Norimine

News Roundup

A Review of Seattle's Craziest Year in Politics

Seattle's had some major challenges—from Trump's agenda to the fallen mayor.

12/29/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Police Accountability

De-Escalate Washington Campaign Delivers Signatures to the State

“Action on this issue is long overdue."

12/28/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Health Inequality

Beacon Hill Experiences More Pollution Than Other Seattle Neighborhoods

Boxed in by loud vehicles, plane traffic, and their fumes, its residents just want to breathe easy.

12/19/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Soapbox

Seattle Tried to Reform Campaign Finance with Democracy Vouchers. It Didn’t Work for Everyone.

Despite an increase in donor participation, the new program has some big flaws.

12/19/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Breaking News

Passengers Killed After Amtrak Train Derails onto I-5

The Amtrak train was on its way to Portland when it derailed off a bridge over I-5 near Olympia.

12/18/2017 By Hayat Norimine

That Washington

Bob Ferguson Is Suing Over Net Neutrality

Because of course he is.

12/14/2017 By Hayat Norimine

That Washington

Seattle's Congresswomen Are Pretty Happy About Roy Moore's Loss

Alabama "loudly rejected one of the most troubling and unfit candidates for Senate that I can recall," U.S. Senator Patty Murray said.

12/13/2017 By Hayat Norimine

City Hall

Seattle Reacts to the Death of San Francisco Mayor, Seattle Native Ed Lee

"Just an incredible loss for the Asian American community."

12/12/2017 By Hayat Norimine

That Washington

Transgender People Will Be Allowed to Serve in the Military

A federal judge on Monday ruled that barring transgender service members "is likely unconstitutional."

12/12/2017 By Hayat Norimine

City Council

Seattle Imposes Limits on Short-Term Rentals

A cap on short-term rental units accompanies a tax to take effect in 2019.

12/11/2017 By Hayat Norimine

City Attorney's Office

Seattle's Response to Jeff Sessions's Letter on Its Sanctuary City Policy

The eight-page letter said the city was in full compliance with federal law.

12/11/2017 By Hayat Norimine

City Hall

Durkan Signs KeyArena Renovation Plan

The $600 million renovation plan aims for an October 2020 completion date.

12/07/2017 By Hayat Norimine

That Washington

Washington's Senators Call on Franken to Resign

"It's time for him to step aside."

12/06/2017 By Hayat Norimine

2017 Elections

Nonvoters Aren't Participating in the Democracy Voucher Program

More people are donating, but it's still the same group of voters engaged in politics.

12/05/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Mayor's Office

Seattle City Light CEO Resigns

Mayor Jenny Durkan said the city will be looking to overcome challenges at City Light, "from billing to the workplace environment."

12/04/2017 By Hayat Norimine

City Hall

Seattle Police Chief Is Leaving

Deputy Chief Carmen Best will be the interim chief until Durkan appoints the next successor.

12/04/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Mayor's Office

Durkan Takes the First Step Toward Her Free College Tuition Plan

The executive order signed Wednesday creates a framework and a deadline of March 8 to come up with funding sources.

11/30/2017 By Hayat Norimine

City Hall

Seattle's New Mayor, City Council Member Sworn In

"We have looked into the future, and the future is ours."

11/28/2017 By Hayat Norimine