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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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A coalition of nutrition and education advocates is introducing a method to promote healthy eating choices by youngsters — salad bars. The Burrville Elementary School cafeteria in Northeast D.C. has a new salad bar, part of the new initiative to offer healthy food options to students of the city's public school system. Robert Jaber heads the system's Office of F...
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Will you patronize one of D.C.'s new Walmart stores? After years of waiting and political discord over wages, two of the six Walmart stores planne...
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An organization working to improve the effectiveness of protective orders against victims of domestic violence in Montgomery County has just released a report with a series of recommendations (pdf). Over the past year, 25 volunteers with ...
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A veteran zookeeper at the National Zoo is being treated at George Washington University Hospital after being attacked this morning by a zebra. Gumu, an 800-pound male zebra bit the zookeeper several times in the upper body. Officials aren't sure why the keeper was alone with the animal at the time of the attack, which is not usual zoo policy. "We had another keeper wh...
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The District of Columbia is investing millions of dollars to create unique play spaces in each of the city's eight wards, and today Mayor Vincent Gray cut the ribbon on the twentieth playground to be renovated — and this one features castles and dragons. The $2.5 million renovation of the park in Ward 7's Benning Park includes plenty of slides, swings, play castles, and ev...
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There are an estimated 1,000 homeless people in Montgomery County. Activists released a survey that identifies those most at risk of death, especially as winter bears down on the area. Suzie Sinclair Smith is the Executive Director of the Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless, an umbrella group of non-profits, private organizations and governmental agencies that works t...
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Progress towards D.C.'s first streetcar line in over 50 years will become much more visual today, as the D.C. Department of Transportation will start installing the a network of thin-stainless steel wires that will be used to support the lines that will power the streetcars up and down a 2.2-mile stretch of H Street and Benning Road NE. According to DDOT, motorists should ...
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Immigrant rights activists say they have begun a fast that they hope will bring attention to stalled immigration reform legislation in Congress. They refuse to call it a hunger strike, saying that term is political, and what they are doing is a powerful moral and religious act. The "Fast4Families" is being organized by pro-immigrant rights, faith, labor, and community groups....
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At Miriam's Kitchen, in the basement of a Presbyterian Church, both military veterans and active duty service members took a special breakfast shift to help serve D.C.'s chronically homeless. "The volunteerism brought me here today. On Veterans Day, we have to give back to the community," says Clint Trocchio, himself...
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Hundreds of veterans in uniforms dating back to World War II, Korea and Vietnam, as well as current servicemen and women, gathered at the World War II Memorial this morning in commemoration of Veterans Day. They heard the national anthem played they saw a color guard. The granite arches and fountains of the memorial served as the backdrop for the unveiling of two postal stam...
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Veterans Day is on Monday, but some Alexandria schoolkids honored veterans today. Yanitza Cooper, 11, is a student at Mt. Vernon Woods Elementary School, where half of the 600 students come from military families. "My father is active and my grandfather is retired," Cooper says. She helped celebrate an early Veterans Day on Friday with what has become a schoo...
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The scaffolding that's encased the Washington Monument over the last few months is set to come down, but before it does, there's one task left to be completed: measure the monument's height. Surveyors with the National Geodetic Survey will be out on the monument today trying to determine if the iconic obelisk is still 555 feet, five and -one-eighth inches tall. Since 1901 th...
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Now that we've got those pesky human elections done with, it's time to make a much more important decision: what to name the National Zoo's newest panda cub. The zoo announced on Tuesday that it has opened up voting on five possible names for the female panda cub born to Mei Xiang in August. ...
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With only a day until Virginians go to the polls to elect a new governor, a new poll finds that Democrat Terry McAuliffe has opened up a six-point lead over Republican Ken Cuccinelli. According to the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, McAuliffe has attra...
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There's a traffic sign on Quince Orchard Boulevard near Great Seneca Highway. It warns you that a speed camera is in operation. But that sign now sports a black swastika that's been spray-painted on. The speed camera nearby was also spray-painted, so much so that Montgomery County Police say that it has been rendered inoperable. Police say at least three speed cam...
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An additional 509 D.C. families are expected to become homeless this year. This comes at a time when all of the city's shelters are at capacity or full, including the year-round family shelter at the former D.C. General Hospital. The population of single homeless men is also expected to go up, adding stress to District facilities preparing for a cold winter and the harsh rea...
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Emergency responders were dispatched to Howard University after several people were hurt on the 2400 block of 4th St. NW. A mass casualty task force was called after reports that several people had been trampled at the gates of Yardfest, a day-long concert and the annual highlight of Howard Homecoming Weekend. As many as seven people were injured, according to fire off...
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The man accused of shooting a Howard County police officer on Wednesday is in custody, reported the Laurel Police Department. ...
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Forty-seven percent of likely Virginia voters say that the government shutdown hurt the commonwealth "a great deal" and 30 percent said it hurt "somewhat," according to a new poll by Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. Only 17 percent of those polled s...
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The campaign to block a new tract of development on the University of Maryland golf course has gained a prominent new ally: Maryland Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Doug Gansler. Four months ago, real estate megadeveloper Brian Gibbons sent a letter to University of Maryland President Wallace Loh. Gibbons proposed carving 50 acres from the University's 150 acre go...