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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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The McDonalds at the intersection of University Boulevard and New Hampshire Avenue is one of the busiest in the region, and whether you stand in line or drive through you'll know exactly how many calories are in your meal—because it's posted. But now Prince George's County Council member Eric Olson wants consumers to know how much sodium is in that meal, and he's proposing...
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The District is joining hundreds of cities worldwide today in celebrating Park(ing) Day, when on-street parking spots are turned into the other type of parks. One of the 22 pop-up parklets in D.C. is in front of Baked & Wired, a Georgetown coffee shop. Owner ...
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It's new, it's shiny, it comes in red and yellow and many other colors—yes, it's the new iPhone 5C, and it goes on sale this morning along with the new iPhone 5S at Apple stored across the region. Hundreds of people have already lined up outside D.C.'s only Apple outlet in Georgetown, including Michael, who put in some time to be first in line. "I've been here s...
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A movie made about the Beltway sniper shootings that terrorized our region in 2002 opens today in New York City before coming to the District in two weeks. The movie is called Blue Caprice, after the car that Beltway snipers John Allen Muhammad and his teenage partner Lee Boyd Malvo used to terrorize the metro D.C. area during three weeks in 2002. Isaiah W...
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This is how the carjacking go down, according to D.C. police. You're driving in Northeast or Southeast D.C., and then your car gets rear-ended. You stop, you leave your car running and you take a look at the damage and swap information. At least that's the plan. Instead, one of the two men in the car that just rear-ended you pushes you out of the way and then drives off with...
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It won't even open for service until next year, but Metro wants commuters to know that the Silver Line is coming. The transit agency is breaking out its new system map today, and it will include stations along the 23-mile, $6 billion line in Northern Virginia. The line's first phase goes from East Falls Church to Reston and is expected to open early next year, while a second...
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The Old Post Office Building on Pennsylvania Avenue was built in 1899, and the historic building will soon be reborn as the newest luxury hotel in the District in the past 15 years. Today one of the country's wealthiest real estate magnates promised that money would be no object as his company took over the property. The lease-signing at the Old Post Office had nearly all th...
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Thousands of homes in Maryland's Montgomery County were facing the prospect of trash piling up, as workers at a trash disposal company went on strike for a second day. The 50 workers, part of Laborer's International Local 657, are in the middle of contract negotiations seeking better health care benefits and higher wages. The strike was triggered last week, when many of the wo...
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Construction on the Whole Foods project in Prince George's County's Riverdale Park should have started this summer. But opponents managed to block the proposal. They allege the $250 million multi-use development will aversely impact traffic and public services in the nearby community. However, supporters say the project will generate tax revenues and boost economic and prop...
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Big news from the National Zoo this morning: the baby panda born to Mei Xiang close to two weeks ago is a girl! Officials at zoo also announced that a DNA swab of the baby panda had determined that its father is Tian Tian, the National Zoo's resident male panda. Mei Xiang was artificially inseminat...
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A dummy may be behind the derailment that caused service along a portion of the Red Line to shut down last Friday. A dummy truck is the technical term for a railcar with no motor that are used to move Metro railcars that are malfunctioning. It appears there were two dummy trucks on the six-car train when it derailed during overnight maintenance last week.  Officia...
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The new Costco in Northeast D.C. has become a popular destination for folks looking for a bargain. But it has also become a magnet for another type of bargain-hunter: thieves. D.C. police say that the past few months have seen an uptick in thefts from cars parked in the warehouse store's parking lot, seven in August alone and four in July. Thieves are said to be smashing windo...
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Metro's Red Line will not run between the Ft. Totten and NoMa/Gallaudet stations on Friday morning due to an overnight equipment derailment. According to a Metro press release, "The derailment occurred around midnight as the system was closing. The train involved was being moved from ...
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Washington's Shiloh Baptist Church is quiet this morning, but yesterday it was filled with voices of many faiths praising Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the fiftieth anniversary of the March on Washington. Ahead of the formal celebrations of the fifty years since Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have A Dream" speech, multi-denominational voices were raised to ponder the meani...
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Shiloh Baptist Church in Shaw was founded 150 years ago by freed slaves, and in 1960 it played host to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. As part of today's commemoration of the 1963 March on Washington, it played host to an interfaith service with pastors, rabbis, imams, Sikhs and an Archbishop in attendance. "I ask that you remember that the faith community has to be the head and n...
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Federal agencies in Washington are being encouraged to allow employees to telework or use other work scheduling flexibilities tomorrow, when crowds are expected for events related to the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I have a Dream'' speech. The Office of Personnel Management sent out a memo to agencies saying federal workers in the area should expect "sign...
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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 ...