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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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Many residents of the 16th Street Heights neighborhood are mourning the murder of a beloved grocery store owner. For 20 years, D.C. grocer James Oh joked with customers, gave free candy and ice cream to neighborhood kids, and if you didn't bring enough to pay the bill, the honor system allowed you to pay later. The store is now closed and a shrine full of flowers, ...
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This weekend a portion of the District between Georgia Avenue and 13th Street NW will step back in time — and if you're a Civil War buff, you'll want to be there. Fort Stevens is the one of the remaining fortifications that defended Washington during the Civil War. There are wooden palisades, grassy ramp...
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An honor guard saluted Wayne Curry's hearse as it was transported beneath a huge American flag this morning. Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker comforted Curry family's as they followed the coffin, which now lies in state at the seat of the county's government in Upper Marlboro. "He had a level of confidence that allowed him to stand strong in the face of any cha...
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The White House is seeking nearly $4 billion to address the immigrant-children crisis on the border. Some of the money will be used to quickly send the children to their homelands. Hundreds of immigrant-rights activists protested outside the White House on the...
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The National Building Museum is set to open a new exhibit tomorrow: it's a giant indoor maze designed by Danish architects. The maze occupies one end of the massive indoor courtyard of the National Building Museum. The structure's walls dwarves those who wander through, explains Cathy Frankel the Museum's Vice President of Exhibitions. "They're 18-feet at the corn...
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The number of D.C. residents affected by HIV/AIDS continues to decline, according to a new report released by city officials today. The annual report found that there were 680 newly diagnosed cases of HIV in 2012, a 42 percent decline from the 1,180 cases reported in 2008. Additionally, n...
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Montgomery County police are investigating a fatal crash in the parking lot and playground of Eastern Middle School in Silver Spring. The father of the 13-year-old girl who was killed spoke about the terrible ordeal. The only indication that a young girl died in this park last night is a slowly drying puddle of water with faint traces of blood. "That's my daughter'...
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The White House wants Congress to authorize an additional $2 billion to address the Central American children crisis on the border. Some of the provisions are being denounced by local immigration activists who work with the region's large Central American immigrant community. At issue is President Obama's expected request that Congress change existing laws and regulations in...
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A recent study paints a bleak picture for the children of Langley Park, a poverty-stricken Prince George's County community. A majority of the children who live in Langley Park are at risk of not completing their high school education. That is the conclusion of the study, recently released by the advocacy group CASA de ...
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Today The Community Foundation for the capital region and the youth advocacy group Identity will present a report on the factors that disconnect young Latinos from the school system and the labor market in Montgomery County. Latinos now make up a quarter of Montgomery County's youth population, which means that the county has a vested interest in their future success. Of the...
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For the past year, thousands of underage immigrants from Central America have been streaming across the Mexico border into the United States alone. Nearly 50,000 have been detained by immigration authorities since October. Housing and caring for those children until they...
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A report released this week by the Pew Hispanic Research Center finds that the number of undocumented immigrant minors being detained by immigration authorities at the U.S.-Mexico border has doubled in the past year. According to the report, nearly 50,000 children have been caught trying to cross the border. Three-quarters of them come from Central America looking for parent...
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Former lieutenant governor Don Beyer has won the Democratic primary in Virginia's 8th Congressional District. Don Beyer's victory in a seven-way primary race pretty much assures that he will be the next congressman representing Arlington County, the cities of Alexandria and Falls Church, and parts of Fairfax County. He won the district with 45.4 percent of the vote — hand...
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A young woman from Kenya claims a Kenyan diplomat made her a domestic slave for four years. Outside the Kenyan embassy, about a dozen protesters chanted on behalf of Lucy Mwaka, the 23-year-old woman says she was lured to America from Nairobi by the Kenyan Embassy's Head of Public Affairs Waithira Njuguna in 2010. Lucy says promises made in writing by Njuguna about good wa...
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Almost a month ago heavy rains caused a mudslide that destroyed a road in Fort Washington and forced the evacuation of more than a dozen homes. But after weeks of meetings with Prince George's County officials, some of the residents are taking matters into their own h...
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The Fairfax County Police Department has released 911 calls from a very frightening weekend incident at a popular movieplex in Tysons Corner, Virginia. In a nation that has seen deadly shootings even massacres at malls and movie theaters both near and far, the explosions touched off an avalanche of 911 calls from terrified patrons. The incident on May 18 set off a massive re...
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A new series of ads featured on almost two dozen Metro buses is likely to turn a few heads. It depicts Nazi leader Adolf Hitler and calls for an end to aid to Muslim countries. The advertisement was created by the American Freedom Defense Initiative. It features a photo of Hitler meeting with Palestinian nationalist Haj Amin al-Husseini, an ally of Germany during World War II,...
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William Peter Blatty, the novelist who wrote "The Exorcist," says he believes Georgetown University isn't Catholic enough. He's asking a higher authority to intercede. Blatty, who is himself a Georgetown graduate, argued in a petition to the Vatican that there aren't enough Jesuit professors or Catholic students at the institution and noted a series of scandals including all...