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.

Hidden Seattle

The Case of Capitol Hill's Mystery Soda Machine

And more tales of things hiding in plain sight.

02/27/2018 By Allison Williams and Hayat Norimine

#MeToo

Native American Lit Leader Warns of Allegations Coming Against Sherman Alexie

The prominent Native literary figure seems to be the next man to face a wave of sexual harassment allegations.

02/26/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Murray Allegations

Murray's Former Foster Son Files a Claim Against Seattle, Says He'll Sue

The claim said city officials encouraged Murray's deflection and "did nothing to stop his abuse of power."

02/21/2018 By Hayat Norimine

City Hall

5 Important Takeaways from Durkan's State of the City Speech

"These crises has been years in the making and will not be fixed overnight."

02/20/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Olympia Dispatch

State Won't Eliminate the Statute of Limitations on Adult Rape

The substitute bill approved by the Senate committee would eliminate the statute for only first-degree child rape and child molestation.

02/19/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Murray Allegations

Delvonn Heckard, Man Who Accused Murray of Abuse, Found Dead

Heckard was found dead in an Auburn motel, The Seattle Times reported.

02/16/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Immigration

No Relief for Dreamers After Senate Rejects Immigration Bills

Senators on Thursday struck down immigration proposals and are back to the drawing board.

02/16/2018 By Hayat Norimine

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