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.

Going Green

Carbon "Fee" Initiative Is On Its Way to the November Ballot

"We don't have time to wait."

07/02/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Immigrant Rights

Asylum Seekers Separated from Their Children Sue Federal Agencies

The children of asylum seekers "have been left to face an uncertain future frightened and alone," Northwest Immigrant Rights Project attorneys wrote.

06/26/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Born This Way

Conversion Therapy Survivors Still Have Wounds to Heal

Licensed therapists can no longer practice conversion therapy on minors. But new legislation can't erase the anguish of those who lived through the experience.

06/19/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Dino Deja Vu

Could This Be Dino Rossi's Last Chance?

The Sammamish politician is running for Congress. And the Republican party is holding out hope that this time, he pulls a win.

06/19/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Progressive Taxation

Seattle City Council Repeals the Head Tax

Council member Lisa Herbold said "there's so much more to lose between now and November."

06/12/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Morning Roundup

What's Up with Seattle's Head Tax Repeal?

Council members are walking back a unanimous vote less than a month later.

06/12/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Progressive Taxation

Seattle City Council Plans to Repeal the Head Tax

Seven council members support repealing the tax, scheduled to happen at a special council meeting at noon on Tuesday.

06/11/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Immigrant Rights

Immigrant Mothers Separated from Their Children, Held in SeaTac

ICE confirmed it can now access more than 1,600 beds in federal prisons for immigration detention.

06/07/2018 By Hayat Norimine

2020 Presidential Election

Howard Schultz Totally Wants to Run for President

"Let's just see what happens," he told CNBC.

06/06/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Police Accountability

SPD Releases Body Camera Video of Officer Charged with Assault

A body camera showed officer Martin Harris putting a man in a headlock after he refused to show Harris his ID.

06/06/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Police Accountability

Seattle Police Officer Charged with Assault

City prosecutors alleged officer Martin Harris punched a man twice in the face in responding to a disturbance call.

06/01/2018 By Hayat Norimine

The Chief Search

Community Advocates Outraged Over Process, Urge Mayor to Consider Best for Police Chief

Members of the search committee said the hiring process was flawed and want the city to consider all five semifinalists.

05/30/2018 By Hayat Norimine

The Chief Search

Carmen Best Won't Be Seattle's New Police Chief. Here Are the Choices.

The interim police chief's institutional knowledge ultimately worked against her.

05/25/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Immigration

Ramzy Baroud Is Stateless

Despite his U.S. citizenship, the Palestinian author can’t return to the place he grew up.

05/22/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Light a Fire 2018: Lifetime Achievement

King County Sexual Assault Resource Center’s Mary Ellen Stone Has Always Fought for Survivors

To Stone, getting involved in KCSARC was a no-brainer: “I’m going to make our world better for my nieces and my grandnieces.”

05/22/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Light a Fire 2018: Acting Globally

VillageReach Goes the Last Mile

Blaise Judja-Sato's organization is breaking down barriers to basic health care.

05/22/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Light a Fire 2018: Game-Changing Action

How Northwest Immigrant Rights Project Stopped a One-Way Ticket to a Death Sentence

“There’s always been this overwhelming need...but then you have the Trump administration upping the ante.”

05/22/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Light a Fire 2018: Best New Nonprofit

Unloop Delivers from Incarceration into the Hopeful Hands of Computer Tech

Unloop wants to empower inmates with competitive skills in a high-wage industry and a support system after prison.

05/22/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Progressive Taxation

Coalition of Businesses Launch a Campaign to Overturn the Head Tax

The group filed a campaign, called No Tax On Jobs, with the Seattle Ethics & Elections Commission on Friday.

05/21/2018 By Hayat Norimine

King County

Career Public Defender Will Run for King County Prosecutor

Daron Morris is challenging 11-year incumbent Dan Satterberg.

05/17/2018 By Hayat Norimine