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.

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

City Hall

New Seattle Law Requires Gun Owners to Lock Up Firearms

"This is the kind of action we need to save lives."

07/10/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Going Green

Starbucks Promises to Ditch Plastic Straws Worldwide by 2020

The company estimates the move will mean a billion fewer plastic straws in its stores a year.

07/09/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Police Reform

Carmen Best Is Back in the Running for Seattle Police Chief

Best in a tweet said she was "thrilled" to be a finalist for the permanent police chief role.

07/09/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Q&A

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project Attorney Talks Trump and the Detention Center

"There's always been this overwhelming, this crushing need of legal representation."

07/05/2018 By Hayat Norimine

That Washington

Worried About Roe v. Wade? Abortion Rights Are Safe in Washington for Now

Abortion rights have been protected in Washington state since November 1991.

07/03/2018 By Hayat Norimine

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