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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 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...
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Immigration is one of the most divisive issues in the country and is a key issue in the 2016 presidential campaign. Even so, the movement to allow undocumented immigrants to obtain driver licenses is gaining traction. Currently, the District of Columbia and 10 states, including Maryland, issue limited licenses to undocumented workers, with two more set to issue such licenses in the co...
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Later this week, experts will brief the Montgomery County Council on the growing problem of MS-13 gang activity in the region. Authorities suspect two recent murders in Virginia and one in Montgomery County may be connected to a recruiting push by the gangs and the fallout is scaring some residents. Monsignor Mark Brennan and about two dozen of his parishioners, stood on a ...
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Roberto Gutierrez Cruz was found dead in a wooded lot in Montgomery Village near Gaithersburg on Nov 2. The 22-year-old Honduran immigrant had been shot multiple times. It appears to be a case of retribution: According to court documents, Cruz was beaten up in October by alleged MS-13 gang members and went to the police. Authorities say he was murdered by one of the people he had fing...
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A photo exhibit for FotoWeekDC at the Spanish Cultural Center offers a glimpse into an unusual sport where humans and animals are teammates. Barbara ...
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On Wednesday the D.C. Council will get preliminary findings from a study looking at how well a driver's license program for undocumented immigrants is doing after its first year. The District of Columbia and 10 states issue driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants...