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.

Human Rights

Pullman Hospital Becomes First in State to Offer Vaginoplasty

"There's a huge backlog of people waiting to get access to care."

09/07/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Business and Labor

6 Questions Answered About Amazon's New HQ

Chamber of Commerce CEO Maud Daudon said the city has implemented policies that are "at best unfriendly, at worst, outright hostile toward the needs of our largest employers."

09/07/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Mayor's Race 2017

Democracy for America Endorses Moon for Mayor

It's the first time DFA has endorsed a Seattle mayoral candidate.

09/07/2017 By Hayat Norimine

The Midterm

Can the Eighth Congressional District Swing Blue?

U.S. representative Dave Reichert said Wednesday he won't run for reelection.

09/06/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Immigration

Seattle's Response to Trump Ending DACA

A recap of yesterday's news on DACA.

09/06/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Immigration

Seattle Helps Fight Trump's Threat to Pull Funding from Cities That Won't Enforce Immigration Laws

Seattle joined 36 other local governments in support of Chicago's lawsuit against Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

08/31/2017 By Hayat Norimine

City Hall

Court Decisions Haven't Stopped Some Uber Drivers from Fighting Unionization

A small group of rideshare drivers continue to protest a law put on hold, but so far ultimately upheld in court.

08/31/2017 By Hayat Norimine

City Attorney's Race 2017

What to Know About the City Attorney's Race

Four major issues that will continue to play out in the months to come.

08/29/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Mayor's Race 2017

Durkan Wants Free College, But Where Would the Money Come From?

Possible funding sources the mayoral candidate listed right now are focused on the K-12 achievement gap.

08/28/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Election 2017

45th District Independent Is Voting for Dhingra

Parker Harris received 7 percent of the votes in the August primary for the race to be the next 45th District state senator.

08/28/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Q&A

Jessyn Farrell on the Mayor's Race, State Legislature, and Her Future

The former state representative says she's in mourning—not over the mayor's race, but over losing her legislative seat.

08/24/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Explainer

Here's What Taxing Seattle's Richest Residents Would Look Like

In July, the Seattle City Council unanimously approved a city income tax, which could help ease the burden on low-income earners. Assuming the bill passes legal muster—and there's a chance it won't—here's how it will work.

08/22/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Election 2017

Is the Democratic "Trifecta" Coming?

The 45th District state Senate race come November will determine the power in Olympia.

08/22/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Mayor's Race 2017

Q&A with Nicole Grant: Why MLKC Labor Council Endorsed Durkan

"I think that Seattleites, including our members, want business and labor to mix in this city in a way that's progressive."

08/18/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Essay

The Great Divide: Growing up in Rural Washington as a Muslim Immigrant

What being an outsider taught me about race, class, and politics today.

08/17/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Mayor's Race 2017

Nikkita Oliver: Despite Third-Place Finish, "We Declare This a Victory"

Jenny Durkan and Cary Moon both said they would work hard to earn the support of those who didn't vote for them.

08/15/2017 By Hayat Norimine

City Council

Council Bars Landlords from Using Criminal Records

"Regardless of my criminal history, I deserve housing. We all deserve housing."

08/14/2017 By Hayat Norimine

News Roundup

Week in Review: Election Results, Seattle's Gun Tax, and Westlake Rallies

A wrap-up of last week's news in politics.

08/14/2017 By Liz Weber

Mayor's Race 2017

Murray's Chief of Staff Leaving to Join King County Executive

Mike Fong has a job lined up post-Murray.

08/10/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Mayor's Race 2017

A Quiet, Unacknowledged Victory for Cary Moon

"Rushing forward to claim a decisive outcome while some ballots are in limbo would only create distrust,” Moon said on Friday.

08/08/2017 By Hayat Norimine