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.

The Chief Search

Carmen Best Won't Be Seattle's New Police Chief. Here Are the Choices.

The interim police chief's institutional knowledge ultimately worked against her.

05/25/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Gear Guide

Here in Seattle, Our Gear Better Be Next Level

Outdoor togs and toys have to clear a high bar these days. We expect multifunctional gear that’s loaded with extras, and Seattle makers’ newest offerings oblige.

05/22/2018 By Allison Williams

Met Picks

The Top Things to See and Do in Seattle: June 2018

Our top picks for marquee events around town this month.

05/22/2018 By Mac Hubbard

Immigration

Ramzy Baroud Is Stateless

Despite his U.S. citizenship, the Palestinian author can’t return to the place he grew up.

05/22/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Apartments so extra

A Glimpse into Seattle's Perk-Packed Rental Market

It would be easy to confuse Seattle’s newer crop of apartment complexes with posh hotels, between the expansive fitness centers and the manicured roof decks with panoramic views.

05/22/2018 By Cassie Sawyer Illustrations by Daniel Fishel

Rising Stars

Seattle's Next Hot Chefs 2018

A new crop of rising stars don their aprons and sharpen the city’s dining scene. Talents include: nose-to-tail wizardry, brunch superpowers, and global spice wisdom.

05/22/2018 By Allecia Vermillion and Rosin Saez

Light a Fire 2018: Most With the Least

At Facing Homelessness, Home Is Where the Hope Is

Rex Hohlbein left a successful career as an architect to educate local residents on the struggles of the region’s homeless population.

05/22/2018 By James Ross Gardner

Light a Fire 2018: Lifetime Achievement

King County Sexual Assault Resource Center’s Mary Ellen Stone Has Always Fought for Survivors

To Stone, getting involved in KCSARC was a no-brainer: “I’m going to make our world better for my nieces and my grandnieces.”

05/22/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Light a Fire 2018: Acting Globally

VillageReach Goes the Last Mile

Blaise Judja-Sato's organization is breaking down barriers to basic health care.

05/22/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Light a Fire 2018: Game-Changing Action

How Northwest Immigrant Rights Project Stopped a One-Way Ticket to a Death Sentence

“There’s always been this overwhelming need...but then you have the Trump administration upping the ante.”

05/22/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Light a Fire 2018: Best New Nonprofit

Unloop Delivers from Incarceration into the Hopeful Hands of Computer Tech

Unloop wants to empower inmates with competitive skills in a high-wage industry and a support system after prison.

05/22/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Critic's Picks

Seattle's Essential Neighborhood Restaurants

Each part of town has those casual spots that locals just can’t do without.

05/22/2018 Edited by Rosin Saez

Progressive Taxation

Coalition of Businesses Launch a Campaign to Overturn the Head Tax

The group filed a campaign, called No Tax On Jobs, with the Seattle Ethics & Elections Commission on Friday.

05/21/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Culture Fix

What to Do After Work May 21–24

The Paramount keeps the party swinging, raconteurs hit the stage, and a cult film rises from the dead.

05/21/2018 By Mac Hubbard

Bloodworks Northwest

Bloodworks Ball

Nearly 500 supporters joined Bloodworks Northwest on May 19 to celebrate their impact on patients locally and across the globe, raising a record $855,000.

05/19/2018

Shifts & Shakeups

This Week in Restaurant News: Soft Serve, Street Food, and Seafood Towers

Plus, James Beard awarding–winning chef Scott Carsberg returns with Bisato in the fall.

05/18/2018 By Cassie Sawyer

King County

Career Public Defender Will Run for King County Prosecutor

Daron Morris is challenging 11-year incumbent Dan Satterberg.

05/17/2018 By Hayat Norimine

This Washington

State Will Pay for Postage on Ballots for All Voters Outside King County

"This is about leveling the playing field and making elections equal for all citizens of Washington state."

05/16/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Progressive Taxation

Seattle City Council Passes a $47 Million Head Tax

Starting in 2019, the city will tax top businesses $275 per employee per year.

05/14/2018 By Hayat Norimine