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 Hall

Mayor Durkan Will Review City's Harassment and Discrimination Policies

Durkan said a team of officials and labor representatives will recommend changes by the end of May to address harassment and discrimination complaints.

01/25/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Q&A

Q&A with the Prosecutor on the Bellingham Serial Rape Case

"People need to realize that when something bad happens, they should be able to talk about it."

01/25/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Gender X

Washington's New Birth Certificate Option Gives Nonbinary Natives an Official Identity

"I am both equally male and female in my person."

01/25/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Olympia Dispatch

Public Hearing on Rent Control Draws a Large Crowd from Both Sides

Rent control in Washington state has been illegal since 1981.

01/24/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Immigration

Can ICE Come to the Women's March? A Guide to Protecting Immigrants

What qualifies as a "sensitive location"? It's a pretty short list.

01/19/2018 By Hayat Norimine

City Hall

The City Has an Even Shorter Statute of Limitations for Sexual Harassment

Employees have just 180 days to file a sexual harassment claim in the city.

01/18/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Feature

Rape Survivors in Washington State Run Against a Ticking Clock

Most people sexually assaulted in ­Washington state have just three years to pursue criminal charges against their ­assailant. A bill to remove the statute of limitations would change that. Until then, survivors who seek justice are racing against time.

01/17/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Breaking News

Washington State QB Tyler Hilinski Found Dead in Apparent Suicide

Pullman officers discovered his body with a suicide note, according to police.

01/16/2018 By Hayat Norimine

City Hall

Did Seattle Jump the Gun on a World Cup Bid?

The city got on board with a North American bid months ago.

01/16/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Immigration

Despite Deportation Order, Immigration Activist Pledges to Keep Fighting

"I won't be quiet, I won't be silent, and I will continue working."

01/16/2018 By Hayat Norimine

White House

Jayapal Will Boycott Trump's State of the Union

Seattle's congressional representative boycotted Trump's inauguration last year.

01/16/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Civil Rights

Seattle Activists Had a Lot to Protest on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

"We are here because of violence and poverty."

01/15/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Immigration

Attorneys: State Officials Warned About DOL Sharing Info with ICE

Matt Adams, a legal director for Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, said advocates told officials DOL was sharing information with ICE nearly a year ago.

01/12/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Olympia Dispatch

A House Bill Would Remove the Statute of Limitations for Felony Sex Offenses

"As survivors and loved ones of survivors, we live with this every day."

01/09/2018 By Hayat Norimine

City Hall

City's Inauguration Ceremony Filled with Trump Censures and Pats on the Back

"Seattle, sadly, was not immune from the realities of the national conversation about sexual assault."

01/08/2018 By Hayat Norimine

This Washington

State Will Offer a Nonbinary Gender on Birth Certificates

The rule change will take effect as of January 27.

01/04/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Donald Trump

Local Officials Respond to Federal Enforcement on Weed

Governor Jay Inslee said officials will "vigorously defend our state's laws" against federal enforcement.

01/04/2018 By Hayat Norimine

This Washington

What to Watch in Local Politics This Year

Here's what will be big news in politics in 2018.

01/03/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Murray Allegations

City Settles Lawsuit with Ed Murray's Accuser

City attorney Pete Holmes said the city is taking a step in "putting this sad chapter behind us."

12/30/2017 By Hayat Norimine

News Roundup

A Review of Seattle's Craziest Year in Politics

Seattle's had some major challenges—from Trump's agenda to the fallen mayor.

12/29/2017 By Hayat Norimine