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.

Feature

Ricardo Rios Is an American Dreamer

In 1991, his parents carried him across the U.S. border at four months old. Now, as he awaits a permanent solution, Ricardo Rios fears expulsion from the only country he’s ever known. 

02/15/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Olympia Dispatch

A Bill Would Decriminalize Sexting for Minors

"This is a bill that is about 10 years overdue."

02/13/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Olympia Dispatch

House Approves Bill to Remove Statute of Limitations for Rape

State representatives voted 90-8 in favor of the bill.

02/09/2018 By Hayat Norimine

City Hall

Seattle Will Dismiss All Misdemeanor Pot Convictions

About 500 to 600 people have been convicted for misdemeanor marijuana possession by the city.

02/08/2018 By Hayat Norimine

City Hall

Understanding the Burke-Gilman Trail's Legal Battle

How 1.4 miles became a neverending saga for the city.

02/07/2018 By Hayat Norimine

King County

King County Sheriff Hires Her Chief of Staff

Liz Rocca, a former broadcast journalist, will be paid $153,803 a year.

02/07/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Fossil Fuels

Seattle Activist Who Shut Off Keystone Pipeline Sentenced to One Year in Prison

Michael Foster traveled to North Dakota in October 2016 to protest the pipeline by turning off one of the valves.

02/06/2018 By Hayat Norimine

City Hall

City Will Move Bike Racks Placed to Discourage Homeless Camping

SDOT plans to remove the racks after officials find a new location, a spokesperson said in a statement.

02/06/2018 By Hayat Norimine

City Attorney's Office

City Settles with West Seattle Homeowners Over Cutting Public Trees

The two settlements together amount to a fine of $5,229 per tree.

02/05/2018 By Hayat Norimine

This Washington

Lawmakers Want Washington Exempt from Trump's Offshore Drilling Plan

Attorney general Bob Ferguson threatened to sue if the federal government didn't rule out drilling in Washington.

02/05/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Olympia Dispatch

State Will Uphold Its Ban on Rent Control

Nicole Macri's bill to repeal the state ban failed to make it out of committee on Friday.

02/05/2018 By Hayat Norimine

City Hall

Durkan Forms Her Small Business Advisory Council

An executive order sets March 1 as the council's deadline for its first meeting.

02/02/2018 By Hayat Norimine

2017 Election

Ex-City Council Candidate Faces Criminal Charges in Voucher Program

City attorney Pete Holmes filed charges against Sheley Secrest on Wednesday.

02/01/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Business

Former Tacoma Mayor Will Head the Seattle Chamber

She's known for raising Tacoma's profile and private investments. Now she's on to a new challenge.

02/01/2018 By Hayat Norimine

The Women's Issue

Seattle City Council Is a Bastion of Female Political Power

Say hello to the supermajority.

01/31/2018 By Hayat Norimine

The Women's Issue

Our Voice of Resistance in DC: Pramila Jayapal

Jayapal promised to be a voice for people of color. So far she’s delivered.

01/31/2018 By Hayat Norimine

The Women's Issue

What's Next for Nikkita Oliver?

She may not have won the mayorship this time around—but she's not going to let that stop her from being a voice for the people.

01/31/2018 By Hayat Norimine

That Washington

Jayapal on the State of the Union: We're the Reason It's Strong

The congresswoman boycotted President Trump's speech to attend the State of Our Union at the National Press Club instead.

01/30/2018 By Hayat Norimine

City Hall

Sawant's Resolution to Oppose Tacoma LNG Plant Heads to Juarez's Committee

"Tribes are not an interest group."

01/30/2018 By Hayat Norimine