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.

Seattle City Light

Auditor Will Investigate Seattle City Light Billing Practices

The audit follows "numerous" complaints from customers and a request from Seattle council member Teresa Mosqueda.

09/12/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Feature

A Dog Walks into a Grocery Store

A new state law means stiff fines for anyone who falsely claims their canine is a service animal. That hasn’t made entering a restaurant, grocer, or airplane any less confusing.

09/11/2018 By Hayat Norimine Illustrations by Rami Niemi

Rock Steady

How I Conquered Fear While Bouldering

Yes, bouldering can be scary. But here's why I made a six-hour trek to do it anyway.

09/11/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Cover Story

15 Picture-Perfect Road Trips

Even when it’s not what you expect, Pacific Northwest highways lead to vacation perfection.

09/11/2018 Edited by Allison Williams By Stefan Milne, Hayat Norimine, and Allecia Vermillion

#SaveTheShowbox

Showbox Owner Sues the City

The company alleged that council members violated its constitutional rights.

09/05/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Mayor's Office

Durkan Nominates Debra Smith as Next Seattle City Light CEO

"I believe that the tone starts at the top," Smith said.

08/28/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Climate Change

Clean Air Officials Advise Staying Inside, Says Air Is "Unhealthy for Everyone"

Seattle ranked as the city with the worst air pollution worldwide on Tuesday morning, according to an air quality monitor.

08/20/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Citizen Maru

The Making of an Activist

Maru Mora-Villalpando, undocumented in the U.S. for more than 20 years, has protested against ICE since practically the moment it was created. Did the agency single out one of its most vocal critics?

08/14/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Midterm 2018

Kim Schrier Advances to the General Election

The latest ballot release shows Democrat Kim Schrier solidly in second place over Jason Rittereiser.

08/14/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Midterm 2018

Congressman Adam Smith Will Face Another Democrat, Sarah Smith, in November

Sarah Smith secured her second-place lead over Republican Doug Basler for the 9th Congressional District House seat.

08/13/2018 By Hayat Norimine

#SaveTheShowbox

Council Members Move to Add the Showbox to Pike Place Market Historic District

"This is an exciting moment for the effort to save the Showbox."

08/09/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Primary

A Recap of Primary Election Results

Democrats had a good night.

08/08/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Midterm 2018

Two Democrats Still in the Running to Face Rossi in November

"Dino better be worried."

08/07/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Midterm 2018

What to Watch for in the Primary Election Tonight

All eyes are on the Eighth Congressional District tonight.

08/07/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Arts & Culture

So How Can Seattle Save the Showbox?

"This is history and we don't want it taken away."

08/02/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Development

Seattleites Are Mourning the Showbox Site's Reported Demise

The music hall just celebrated its 79th anniversary.

07/25/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Going Green

O'Brien Wants Deadlines for the City to Improve Its Downtown Bike Lane Network

"We don't have safe bike infrastructure. This is life and death for most of us."

07/18/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Police Reform

Carmen Best Will Be Seattle's New Police Chief After All

"I'm committed to safety, equity, unity, and diversity of our city and fair and just treatment for everyone."

07/17/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Feature

Stranger Genes: How Seattle Scientists Are Advancing Gene Editing

Researchers are getting closer to figuring out the ultimate medical solution to incurable diseases—changing genetic code itself.

07/17/2018 By Hayat Norimine Photography by Ian Bates

Immigrant Rights

Asylum Seeker in Seattle Suing ICE Demands Her Son Back

Yolany Padilla, 24, crossed the southern border with her 6-year-old son on May 18.

07/11/2018 By Hayat Norimine