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.

City Council

Seattle Reaffirms Support for DACA

A DACA recipient told council members the city should "prepare for the worst, as we undocumented youth have been doing."

10/02/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Police Accountability

Seattle: We Are Compliant with Consent Decree

The city is asking the court to declare it fully compliant with the 2012 Department of Justice demands on police reform.

09/29/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Mayor's Race 2017

Catching Up on Seattle's Mayoral Candidates

Mayoral candidates Jenny Durkan and Cary Moon are ramping up their policy game.

09/29/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Police Accountability

Seattle Police Will Internally Manage Off-Duty Work

Mayor Tim Burgess signed an executive order to establish an internal, civilian-run office for SPD to oversee officers' secondary jobs.

09/27/2017 By Hayat Norimine

City Council

A Different Standard for City Council Appointments?

"I think this is a great template for us to consider for all vacancies moving forward," said council member Lisa Herbold.

09/26/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Mayor's Office

Highlights from Burgess's 2018 Budget Proposal

Tim Burgess on Monday released the 2018 budget proposal.

09/25/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Midterm 2018

Dino Rossi Is Running for Congress

"I'm not kidding myself; it's going to be a tough race."

09/22/2017 By Hayat Norimine

City Hall

Public Can Apply for Temporary Council Seat

Council president Bruce Harrell on Thursday released a proposed timeline to choose Tim Burgess's temporary replacement.

09/21/2017 By Hayat Norimine

City Hall

Council Vacancy Raises Questions About Appointment Process

Four former council members have come up as potential candidates to fill the temporary council seat.

09/20/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Police Accountability

Appeals Court Upholds Seattle's Use-of-Force Policy in Cops' Lawsuit

More than 120 police officers argued the city's updated use-of-force policy violated Second Amendment rights.

09/19/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Profile

Is Consensus Gone After Tim Burgess?

Over the past decade, Tim Burgess has clashed and collaborated with colleagues and as a council member left fingerprints on some of the city’s most important legislation. But mostly he has been a consensus builder. What happens when he’s gone?

09/19/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Mayor's Office

Council Votes Burgess to Be Seattle's Next Mayor

Tim Burgess has been a council member since 2008 and will be mayor for 71 days before he retires.

09/18/2017 By Hayat Norimine

City Hall

Bagshaw Apologizes to González for Comments on Friday

When asked why the council member supports Tim Burgess over Lorena González as mayor, Bagshaw said González was busy getting married and campaigning.

09/18/2017 By Hayat Norimine

City Hall

Tim Burgess, Next in Line to Be Mayor?

"Honestly, he's the right guy," said council member Sally Bagshaw.

09/15/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Affordable Housing

Rob Johnson: Citywide Rezoning Should Continue as Planned

Johnson says remaining staffers and department heads will be able to stick with the expected timeline without Murray.

09/14/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Murray Allegations

Bruce Harrell Is Seattle's Mayor

The former council president now has five days to decide whether he wants to stay in the executive office until November.

09/13/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Mayor's Race 2017

7 Highlights from the First Major Mayoral Candidate Debate

Mayoral candidates Jenny Durkan and Cary Moon faced off on housing and homelessness at a Seattle University debate Tuesday night.

09/13/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Murray Allegations

So Murray Is Resigning—What's Next for the City?

Bruce Harrell will be mayor as of 5pm on Wednesday.

09/12/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Murray Allegations

Murray Resigns After Fifth Man Accuses Mayor of Sexual Abuse

Mayoral candidate Cary Moon said the city was more willing to "circle the wagons and protect his legacy" than to demand justice for survivors.

09/12/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Murray Allegations

Seattle Times: Murray's Cousin Becomes Fifth to Accuse Him of Sexual Abuse

The Seattle mayor again denied the claim.

09/12/2017 By Hayat Norimine