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Armando Trull

Senior Reporter

Trull covers morning drive for WAMU. He also follows issues related to the metro D.C. area's LGBTQ and Latino communities.

Trull has been a journalist since 1988. He began his career in Miami, where he reported for the all news CBS affiliate WINZ-AM and was chief assignment editor at Channel 51/Telemundo TV.

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 news service. Armando's Washington DC 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 and has filed for the 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 continues to contribute stories.

Armando's work as a journalist has taken him to South and Central America, the Caribbean and Europe where he has covered everything from hurricanes to refugee camps, wars to the Olympics. Armando lives in Takoma DC with his havanese Babalu and lhasa apso Bruja. He loves to cook in his backyard handmade brick pizza oven.


Articles Written by Armando Trull

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Glenarden Woods Elementary is open. The Blue Ribbon School of Excellence is the last school in Prince George's County to get back power and open its doors.It's also a good example of the confusion created by massive outages due to Hurricane Irene. As school systems scramble to determine if power had been restored to the affected facilities, they needed to hear from the utilitie...
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The insurer Allstate has released its annual ranking of the regions with the country's least safe drivers and once again, the D.C. metro area didn't fare too well.For the third year in a row, D.C. drivers have ranked among the worst in the nation when it comes to avoiding accidents, according to the Allstate's annual "America's Best Drivers Report."The rankings are based...
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As Northern Virginia braces for the commuting challenges expected from the transfer of thousands of jobs to Fort Belvoir, officials in Fairfax County are hoping a new bus route will ease some of the load.Fairfax Connector route 335 goes from the Metro station at Franconia/Springfield to Fort Belvoir. Regular ser...
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All of the homeless shelters in the District are now open around the clock, and arrangements have been made to house anyone whose home has been damaged by Hurricane Irene.On a typical weekend, the indoor basketball courts at the Kennedy Recreation Center in northwest, D.C. would be full. But as Irene arrives, a lone dribbler is one of several dozen volunteers who have helped tu...
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In the middle of the District's Emergency Operation Center, several dozen emergency management experts – from FEMA, the fire department, police department, PEPCO – are all monitoring Hurricane Irene through computer screens, showing the path the storm is taking through the eastern coast of the United States.They are also making sure that any emergency that happens will be d...
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The Secure Communities program is a federal immigration enforcement program that aims to identify and deport undocumented immigrants who pose a threat to public safety. But Arlington County and the District have tried to "opt out" of the program for fear it will lead to racial profiling. Now ICE is trying to make the Secure Communities program more acceptable.Secure Communities...
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A request from 21 senators, including Maryland's Barbara Mikulski, has brought changes in how undocumented immigrants are deported.Thousands of undocumented immigrants in the metro D.C. area who face deportation will remain in this country for the foreseeable future while their cases are pushed to the back of the line, according to the Associated Press.That's because the...
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Last week's flash mob robbery of a Germantown 7-11 has renewed calls for a teen curfew in Montgomery County. The council is expected to decide the matter in September and the flash mob attack is making the decision tougher.County Executive Ike Leggett says most of the participants in the flash mob attack which happened at about 2 a.m., in the morning appeared to be juveniles, a...
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A flash mob attack on a 7- Eleven in Germantown, Md. this past Saturday has kept Montgomery County police detectives very busy, but authorities say the effort has paid off.About 24 people were caught on the store's surveillance cameras as they wandered the aisles, picking up drinks, food and other items, and then walking out without paying.Montgomery County police releas...
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Four years ago, 12-year-old Diamonte Driver from Prince George's County died from a brain infection created by an abscessed tooth because his mother was unable to get him adequate dental care. This death spurred Maryland to address this inadequacy, and now, things in the state are vastly different.Maryland now ranks first in the nation in the dental care it provides its childre...
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The U.S. Coast Guard is now the lead agency tasked with determining just exactly what was spilled onto the Anacostia River near Benning Road NE. Thus far, authorities have been unable to determine the source of the contamination despite extensive tests.U.S. Coast Guard boats w...
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The investigation into the brown mess that spilled into the Anacostia River yesterday has now become a joint operation involving District officials and the U.S. Coast Guard. Even with that effort, however, no one is quite sure what exactly spilled into the river Monday night.Officials originally reported that an oil spill occurred on the river near Benning Road NE. D.C. Fire an...
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Some residents of an apartment complex in southeast D.C. say a security fence meant to protect them is instead putting their lives at risk.Robyn Kenney says she was rudely awakened around 2:30 a.m. Saturday morning; her next-door neighbor was pounding on her door."I opened the door," says Kenney. "He went to fall inside my house. He was gushing out with blood all over t...
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The Northern Virginia Task Force says it has confiscated a million dollars in cash and $200,000 in video electronics that were illegally rigged as gambling machines. Authorities with the anti-gang units say a violent Asian gang ran the operation.For years, The Eden Center in Falls Church has been the spot to get a taste of great Vietnamese food and culture, but police officials...
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A Maryland farmer is trying to save his small farm after being stuck in a Catch 22 with state highway officials. The dispute comes at a time when the state is promoting local farms."The old bus," says Jonathan Sadd. "That was the first vehicle I purchased for the farm market."That was back in 1998, and for the next eleven years with the help of that old school bus he sol...
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D.C.'s gay, lesbian, and transgender activists are upset by a series of attacks, one of them deadly, that seem to target members of their community. Some say police response to the crimes has been disappointing, and even biased.During a two-week period in July, a transgender sex worker was shot to death in Northeast D.C, and another transgender woman was ...
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Public trees in urban settings can be under a lot of stress from lack of water, damage by cars and pedestrians, and even neglect once they are planted. So a group of volunteers are using their time to care for public trees on a historic street in the District.About a dozen volunteers wearing bright green reflective vests are tending to a stand of trees near the intersection of ...
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HIV infections in America have stabilized over the past three years, according to a new study by the Federal Center For Disease Control. However, there's still one group that remains at high risk.Young, African American men who have sex with other men, particularly those under the age of 25, face a much higher risk of infection.The FDC research found that the rate of new...
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Youth leaders from organizations in the D.C. metropolitan area teamed up for a Community Educational Day about health and wellness issues.About 50 pairs of teenagers are attached to one another by a string inside the Thurgood Marshall Center in Northwest D.C. With two balloons tied around their right ankles, they stomp opponents' balloons and protect theirs as a team building e...
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A piece of American history is about to fly into the Smithsonian, after its last flight over the Potomac River yesterday.Air Force Captain Mathew Quay is facing a bittersweet moment: preparing to fly a 1944 biplane which he bought on Ebay six years ago to satisfy a childhood dream."It had crashed a wing was crushed it was in pretty bad shape," he says.When Quay t...