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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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Water infiltration in several stations on Metro's Red Line may force the closure of stations in Maryland for several weeks. Lawmakers are expressing frustration about not being informed. Montgomery County council member Roger Berliner says Metro has not discussed the Red Line closure plans with Montgomery County officials. "I'm a little aggravated and little disappoin...
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The 151,000 students returning to school today in Montgomery County won't only be greeted by teachers and administrators, but also by loads of new technology. Over the summer school officials replaced nearly 10,000 computers, set up wireless networks and installed thousands of new interactive whiteboards. "It's important because it's an engagement tool," says Rach...
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With the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington set to be observed this Wednesday, Virginians remain split on whether the U.S. is the country that Martin Luther King, Jr. hoped for in his "I Have a Dream" speech. According to a poll by Quinnipiac Unive...
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Some of the thousands of people rallying near the Lincoln Memorial this morning were also there 50 years ago, at the 1963 March on Washington. Others who will be at the rally today weren't born until decades later, but say the messages of that day still resonate. China Green is a senior at Friendship Collegiate Academy in Northeast D.C., where she's helped organize a group of ...
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This weekend the Bladensburg Marina celebrates the 199th anniversary of the Battle of Bladensburg, where a victory over American soldiers allowed the British to land march to Washington, D.C. and burn the White House.  During colonial times and just prior to the Civil War, the port of Bladensburg was a deep-water port tha...
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Just over half of Virginia's residents think that Mayor Michael Bloomberg should keep his attention focused on the Big Apple—and off of the commonwealth's gun laws. According to a poll conducted by Quinnipiac University, 52 percent of respondents say that...
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Ben's Chili Bowl, a culinary and cultural institution on U Street NW, today celebrated 55 years in business. Mayor Vince Gray appeared alongside comedian Bill Cosby and Rev. Jessie Jackson to commemorate more than a half-century of half-smokes at the storied restaurant. Rock stars, movie stars, presidents, and many a regular Washingtonian have stopped by the restaurant in its ...
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The Gallup organization has spent the past three years surveying hope among more than million students. Nearly 200 schools in America are full of "high hope" students, according to their poll, and one Maryland teacher was distinguished with the "Most Hopeful Teacher in America Award." "Six simple questions looking at how hopeful someone is about the future, whether they have ...
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Fifty years ago, African American churches mobilized hundreds of thousands of people for the March on Washington. Today, local congregations are praying to generate a similar turnout by appealing to social justice. The Rev. Reginald M. Green is singing "Oh Freedom," which later became an anthem during the 1963 March on Washington. Green was one of the original "Freedom Rider...
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It's a big day in Prince George's County—not only are the 125,000 students that attend public schools are returning to classes today, but Dr. Kevin Maxwell is welcoming them as the system's new leader. Maxwell was appointed the Prince George's County Public Schools CEO in July, having led the school system in Anne Arundel County before that. Standing outside Bladensburg El...
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A man who had barricaded himself inside a Lincoln Park home last night surredered to police without incident this morning. Police attempted to serve a warrant in the 1300 block of East Capitol Street at 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday, but the man refused to come outside. His girlfriend, who was with him, was eventually allowed to leave the home. The man was wanted for assaulting a po...
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Several dozen teenagers are clapping their hands, stomping their feet and shouting as they do the "Kryptonite" step. They are rehearsing in the cafeteria of Anacostia Senior High School. The youngsters are among 135 kids taking part in the Washington Performing Arts Society's Summer Step camp. Stepping is an African-American dance form that developed during the 1950s at bla...
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A federal court of appeals has ruled that Frederick County sheriffs violated the Fourth Amendment rights of an undocumented immigrant by unreasonably and illegally detaining and arresting her. The court overruled two lower courts that had found in favor of Frederick County, setting a precedent for Maryland and Virginia, as well as North and South Carolina. In the ruling, th...
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Dozens of rescued dogs from Arkansas are looking for a home. Local shelters are calling on residents to make that happen. As many as 48 dogs have just arrived in a big rescue trailer truck at the Gaithersburg, Md., headquarters of the Humane Society of the United States. "[There are] mixed-breed dogs like chihuahua mixes, I think we have a couple of small terrier mixes...
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Congressional Cemetery in Southeast D.C. is 35 acres of tombstones, mausoleums and even a 20-foot-tall totem pole. There are plenty of political animals buried there, but today the partisan elephants and donkeys will be joined by about 100 goats. The goats will be grazing on vines, poison ivy and weeds, invasive species that have been killing the many live trees that dot the...
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Pedestrian deaths in Montgomery County are up by about 60 percent this year—and many of those deaths aren't happening on the road. AAA Mid-Atlantic says that close to 30 percent of all pedestrian deaths in Montgomery County this year have happened in parking lots. In 2013, a total of 11 pedestrians have died in the county, three of which took place in parking lots. In 2012...
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Later today in Bethesda, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley will unveil the state's plans for the Purple Line light rail project, and for the first time ever the state of Maryland will use a private firm to build and run a major public mass transit system. Today O'Malley will announce plans for the 16-mile Purple Line, running east-west from Bethesda to New Carrollton. It's a $2...
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Libertarian activist Adam Kokesh won't be seeing the outside of a prison cell just yet. On Monday D.C. Judge Frederick Sullivan refused to grant Kokesh bond, calling him a "very dangerous man" who posed a flight risk. Kokesh appeared in court to face charges that he had broken D.C. law by possessing and loading a shotgun during a videotaped protest on July 4. At that protes...
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Ana-Maria Cordoba, a benefits specialist for the Diocese of Arlington, was among the 80 people killed in a train derailment in Spain earlier this week. According to the Catholic News Service, Cordoba was traveling with her husband, Philippe, and daughter, Christina, a rising senior at Bishop O'Connell High School in Arlington. Both are listed in stable condition in a Spanish...
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While there is still some paint visible, the Lincoln Memorial has reopened. The overnight vandalism of the Memorial has the Park Police union asking Congress for more federal funds. The paint was found on Lincoln's knee, though no words or messages were written on the memorial. The vandalism was discovered by a visitor at 1:3...