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Armando Trull

Senior Reporter

Senior Reporter Armando Trull covers the D.C. region’s growing Hispanic/Latino and other immigrant communities, as well as LGTBQ and social justice issues. Washingtonian called Trull “Best On Scene Reporter” in Washington in 2015 and The Washington Post Magazine called him “WAMU’s Mouth of the Morning” for his coverage of early morning breaking news.

Armando’s in-depth coverage of El Salvador and the surge of undocumented youth streaming alone across the U.S. border has been shared on Telemundo TV and newspaper El Tiempo Latino as part of a unique bilingual collaboration between radio, TV and print to inform the metro D.C. community. Armando has participated in journalism fellowships with the John Jay School of Criminal Justice, the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, the Freedom Forum and RTNDF.

Armando came to Washington, D.C., in 1992 to serve as the news director and senior correspondent for UPI Radio's Spanish division. He filed in both English and Spanish for the iconic news service. Armando's D.C. experience includes work as D.C. affiliates correspondent for Univision TV, bureau chief/host for the Hispanic Radio Network and senior producer for TV Azteca's first D.C. bureau. Freelance work includes Reuters, BBC, RFI and Caracol Radio. Armando returned to English-language reporting in 2007 as a reporter at WUSA9, the CBS TV affiliate in Washington, where he worked until 2014.

Armando cut his journalism teeth in Miami in the late 80’s, where he reported for the all-news CBS affiliate WINZ-AM and was later chief assignment editor at Channel 51/Telemundo TV.

He has reported from South and Central America, the Caribbean and Europe. He has covered everything from hurricanes to refugee camps, wars to the Olympics.

Armando lives in D.C.'s Takoma neighborhood with his Havanese, Babalu and Lhasa Apso, Bruja. He loves to cook in his backyard handmade brick pizza oven whenever he can.


Articles Written by Armando Trull

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In Spanish, paso nuevo means new steps or new rhythms. At a theater in Columbia Heights, Paso Nuevo is the name of a summer performing arts program where at-risk youth learn acting, playwriting and other theater arts. This summer, many are using the stage to voice their concerns over recent incidents of race-related viol...
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David Miller is an educational consultant and the author of five books, including Ten Rules Of Survival When Stopped By The Police, which encourages respect and de-escalation, even if the officers are in the wrong. Miller says events of the past week have underscored the urgency of discussing these rules of engagement — not just with his clients but with his 16-year-old son...
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Hundreds of people of all races, ages and creeds gathered for a vigil at the African American Civil War museum in Washington Sunday to denounce the police killings of Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota. Scores of young men and women, marched down U Street minutes before the start of the call to action and prayer vigil. They waved signs and chanted...
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Police say the murder of Cristian Villagran-Morales was gang-related, though he was not involved with gangs. (Facebook/Friends of Cristian Villagran-Morales) Montgomery County Police ...
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If you want a sneak peek of what Cuba’s new crop of artist is up to, you don’t need to hop on a plane to Havana — just head on over to the OAS Art Museum of the Americas near the White House. Fifteen young artists from Cuba are showcasing photos, installations, paintings, prints and more. It’s titled Art...
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The National Building Museum in the District has unveiled another major interactive exhibit inside its great hall, which is the size of a football field. These major attractions, designed by prestigious architectural firms have become a fourth of July weekend tradition. This year’s exhibit theme: Icebergs. One of the hallmarks of the exhibit is the ability to cl...
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As the District of Columbia struggles with youth violence, a city-run diversion program is being honored today for giving young, low-level offenders a second chance. Bernard is a perfect example — he and his mother opted for the program as a way to avoid the juvenile justice system. Because he's a minor, we're using his middle name, and his mother's middle name to avoid f...
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A tie vote Thursday in the Supreme Court dealt a severe blow to an executive order by President Obama that would have allowed some 4 million undocumented immigrants to avoid deportation, including thousands in the Washington region. Edgar Aranda-Yanoc, who head...
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Updated 4:40 p.m. Latino youth gang violence — including nine gang-related murders — has expanded alarmingly in Montgomery County over the past eight months, according to a new report from local police. Authorities attribute five of the ki...
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Latinos who are gay say a nightclub can be a rare safe haven — a place where it's OK just to be yourself. But in the Washington area, some gay Latinos say the Orlando gunman changed that given that. Roughly three-fourths of the victims in Friday's massacre had Latino last names. The massacre was a topic of conversation among Latino gay activists at Nelly's Bar and restaurant, a popu...
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Dozens of Native American leaders are denouncing an upcoming auction of sacred ceremonial items dating back a hundred years or more. The National Museum of the American Indian hosted a gathering of the leaders Tuesday, and it included members of Congress and State Department officials. Brad Marshall, a council member of the Hoopa tribe in California, opened the me...
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Four immigrant families who live at a Fairfax County mobile home park are accusing their landlords of discrimination in a federal lawsuit that could establish a precedent for the whole country, their attorneys say. The plaintiffs say the management of the Waples Mobile Home Park is discriminating against Latinos by essentially demanding that families with undocumented members pay extr...
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The fate of unaccompanied minors from Central America was big news last year after claims arose that some were being exploited as slave labor, and that sponsors weren't being screened well enough. But it’s not just traffickers who are forcing these young people to work. Many of the young newcomers to the Washington region have to work to support themselves because no one else will....
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Immigration and Customs Enforcement has confirmed it will launch raids this month and in June. It’s an effort to round up recently arrived immigrant families and youth from Central America who have lost their immigration cases. Local immigration activists are denounc...
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For millions of students whose first language isn't English, learning literacy skills as early as preschool is important to academic success, according to a new report from Education Week. Almost half the students at Westlawn Elementary School in Falls Church, are English Language Learner...
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Close to 4,000 undocumented immigrants have gotten a driver's license since the District of Columbia first let them apply, back in 2014. But critics say the District's Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) discriminates against this group of would-be drivers by making them...
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Several dozen women who entered the U.S. illegally are pleading for leniency in Mother's Day cards addressed to Michelle Obama and Jill Biden. The group gathered outside the White House Wednesday to make the case against holding undocumented women and children in detention centers. Activists say the Obama Administration has been detaining undocumented women and children in p...
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About a dozen journalists and staffers from nongovernmental organizations are walking through a grassy pasture about half the size of a football field in Clarksburg, Maryland. Suddenly gunfire and explosions break the midday quiet — the women and men drop to the grass, hug the ground and cover their heads. The instructor, a British combat veteran, shouts instructions, telling the re...
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Former Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown has won the race for the Democratic nomination to run for Rep. Donna Edwards' seat in Maryland's 4th Congressional District. Edwards has held the seat since 2008 but decided to seek the Democratic nomination this year for the state's open U.S. Senate seat, ...
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The dark drama of Taxi Driver, the epic sweep of Citizen Kane, the tension of Psycho and a slew of other Alfred Hitchcock films — they all have something in common: The music of composer Bernard Herrmann. His career and legacy are largely unsung, but in some circles he's regarded "as the supreme Holl...