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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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Mario, a soft-spoken Salvadoran immigrant, has a framed photo of a smiling young woman on the wall over his twin bed in a modest Langley Park, Maryland, apartment. His hands shake as he takes down and holds the photo. It's his 20-year-old daughter, Maribel. “She was always so happy when I would visit her in El Salvador and so was my granddaughter,” he says. He ...
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Tenants affected by a deadly natural gas explosion at the Flower Branch apartments in Silver Spring are filing a lawsuit against the management of the complex and seeking assurances that the remaining buildings are safe. ...
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Three people are still unaccounted for in the explosion and fire that destroyed a Silver Spring apartment building last week. Five bodies have been found in the unstable rubble thus far, although none have been identified. Hot temperatures have hampered work at ...
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Local and federal authorities still don’t know the cause of an explosion and fire at a Silver Spring apartment complex on Wednesday night. Two people were killed and dozens of others were sent to the hospital, including three firefighters. Community efforts are underway ...
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The Jefferson Memorial is one of the crown jewels of Washington’s National Mall, but the circular neoclassical structure has been tarnished over the years and National Park Officials are trying to figure out how to best return it to its former glory. If you stand in front of the Jefferson Memorial on a summer day, the five-story-high dome gleams in the sun — the light re...
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For a handful of Fairfax County public high school students, September will bring school days that are only about half as long as everyone else's. Participants in a new partnership between the county and a nonprofit called Genesys Works will be spending the second half of their days working at companies in Northern Virginia. ...
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Mental and behavioral health are two of the top concerns for many D.C. patients, according to a new survey by a group of District hospitals and health care providers. The report, the Community Health Needs Assessment found that mental health challenges in the District aren't...
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A dozen Latino teenagers are running up the terraces at Malcolm X Park in Northwest D.C. on a weekday afternoon. The thermometer is hovering near 100 degrees, but the youth don't appear to mind. The young men encourage one another to do the stairs faster and harder, to build up stamina and leg strength. Some of these youths have been involved in rival Latino gangs such as M...
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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...