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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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For millions of students whose first language isn't English, learning literacy skills as early as preschool is important to academic success, according to a new report from Education Week. Almost half the students at Westlawn Elementary School in Falls Church, are English Language Learner...
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Close to 4,000 undocumented immigrants have gotten a driver's license since the District of Columbia first let them apply, back in 2014. But critics say the District's Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) discriminates against this group of would-be drivers by making them...
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Several dozen women who entered the U.S. illegally are pleading for leniency in Mother's Day cards addressed to Michelle Obama and Jill Biden. The group gathered outside the White House Wednesday to make the case against holding undocumented women and children in detention centers. Activists say the Obama Administration has been detaining undocumented women and children in p...
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About a dozen journalists and staffers from nongovernmental organizations are walking through a grassy pasture about half the size of a football field in Clarksburg, Maryland. Suddenly gunfire and explosions break the midday quiet — the women and men drop to the grass, hug the ground and cover their heads. The instructor, a British combat veteran, shouts instructions, telling the re...
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Former Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown has won the race for the Democratic nomination to run for Rep. Donna Edwards' seat in Maryland's 4th Congressional District. Edwards has held the seat since 2008 but decided to seek the Democratic nomination this year for the state's open U.S. Senate seat, ...
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The dark drama of Taxi Driver, the epic sweep of Citizen Kane, the tension of Psycho and a slew of other Alfred Hitchcock films — they all have something in common: The music of composer Bernard Herrmann. His career and legacy are largely unsung, but in some circles he's regarded "as the supreme Holl...
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About 30 Montgomery County Public Schools educators are sitting in a circle. Most of them teach English as a Second Language, or ESOL. Today it’s their turn to learn. The lesson is about understanding what it’s like to be a student who fled Central America and landed in their classroom. Osvaldo Cruz is a trainer with the ...
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The Loudoun County School Board adopted a compromise redistricting plan Tuesday night that it says will alleviate overcrowding and close an achievement gap among English-language learners while keeping school populations diverse. The board had to decide whether to continue distributing English-language learners and "free and reduced meal" students among all 10 of its eleme...
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When the Prince George's County school system established two international high schools last year, some residents were angry. The schools offer a special curriculum for students new to the United States; most of them are from Central America. Some pa...
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There's a new Web-based show for animal lovers: a pair of bald eagles at the National Arboretum in Northeast D.C. The birds, known as First Lady and Mr. President, are welcoming two eaglets into the world, and the process is under constant view via cameras set up by the nonprofit American Eagle Foundation. Armando Trull talks to National Arb...
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Second in a three-part series: When lawmakers try to tackle gun violence, they often turn to measures like adding police officers or cracking down on illegal guns. But what happens when they treat violent crime as a public-health problem — one that affects the whole community? Earlier this month, the D.C. Council gave preliminary approval to ...
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D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser is in Cuba on an exploratory mission with other leaders from the D.C. region. The mayor has been meeting with Cuban officials, such as her counterpart in Havana. I asked Mayor Bowser during a conference call from Cuba what immediate benefits a trip to the island brings the District. Bowser says Cuban officials have invited D.C.-based businesses to s...
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A new photo exhibit documents the challenges of raising a family in a city as expensive as the District. What makes the exhibit unique is that the photographers are all low-income mothers who photographed their daily lives as part of the Witnesses to Hunger project at Martha's Table. ...
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D.C. has released findings of an August 2015 survey of homeless youth in the city. The Homeless Youth Census counted 318 people in D.C. between the ages of 18 and 24 who were either in some type of shelter or without a roof over their heads. The assessment, which was done over a nine-day period, also determined that 43 percent of homeless respondents self-identified as LGBTQ...
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On one of the first days of the new year, just before midnight, armed immigration officers surrounded a Langley Park apartment building. “It was very scary for all of the neighbors,” recalls Maria Rodriguez, an immigrant from Nicaragua. “They pounded on my neighbor’s front door and her windows.” Rodriguez says she saw officers enter her neighbor’s apartment wit...
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Authorities in the Washington region are worried about a new influx of unaccompanied minors from Central America, as thousands of young people cross the border with Mexico to enter the U.S. illegally. In October and November, U.S. immigration officials detained roughly 10,000 you...
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The District of Columbia is moving forward with a controversial plan to transition scores of homeless people from tent encampments into shelters or even homes. It’s part of a larger push by the city to end chronic homelessness over the next few years.One man who traded a tent for a roof over his head and a chance at a better life says his transition “was years in the making...
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From a spot under the Whitehurst Freeway to a small park near the World Bank, tent cities have been popping up since the summer. Now crews with the District of Columbia are beginning to dismantle them, and that has some residents and advocates crying foul. Here’s how it works: officials visit the tent city and warn residents that camping on public land is illegal. A week ...
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In Montgomery County, some schools have hundreds of new students who arrived illegally and alone in the United States after fleeing gangs in some of the most dangerous countries in the world. These Central American youth escaped those threats, but new ones are often waiting. In the halls of many of the Maryland district's middle and high schools you can see a rainbow of races ...
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The remnants of a homeless encampment — a tent town — near D.C.'s Watergate complex were torn down this week as part of a broader push to address homelessness, according to D.C. authorities. It took about an hour for a sanitation crew escorted by police officers to dismantle the half dozen tents in a grassy patch beneath Whitehurst Freeway across from the Kennedy Center...