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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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Six marijuana growers have been tapped to set up shop in D.C. on the same day a store catering to people who want to grow medical marijuana is opening in the District. D.C. began reviewing applications from potential cultivators earlier this year.  In t...
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A gleaming new statue of legendary musician Duke Ellington has been erected outside the iconic Howard Theatre. The statue is one of the final finishing touches to the theater, which is set to reopen next month, after being closed for 20 years. Howard Theatre, located at 620 T Street, NW, launched the careers of some of the biggest African American stars in the last century, in...
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Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley is challenging state schools to make sure hungry kids get a nutritious breakfast. Armando Trull has more on the program. Last year, more than a quarter million school children in Maryland ate a free or reduced price lunch, but less than half of them began their school day on a full stomach. That worries child hunger advocates such as Anne Sher...
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Traffic cameras are very profitable for D.C., but a new plan to set up more cameras is getting some push-back.  The District's push to increase its traffic camera program, outlined in D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray's proposed 2013 budget, is drawing fire from some critics who say the city is using it to generate income from non-District drivers. Gray is trying to close a $1...
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Thirty years ago today, a groundbreaking ceremony was held for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. And just as the years have allowed Americans to come to terms with that war, what was initially a controversial design now stands as one of the most moving and powerful memorials in the nation. Today the Vietnam Veterans Memorial has become a place of healing, where over the decades h...
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A corner of Columbia Heights is getting a bit greener thanks to the USDA and some local students. Today is the day for the groundbreaking of what is being called "People's Garden." Located next to Bell Multicultural High School, students will be providing the sweat equity necessary to make the garden a success. One of those students is 18-year-old senior Francis Hngobo...
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The story of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teenager shot and killed in Florida last month by a member of a community watch group, has resonated with people around the country. It prompted a protest in New York City Wednesday, and another solidarity demonstration i...
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Maryland state police officials are reminding motorists to be mindful of the law that requires motorists to move over when officers and emergency crews are working along roadways. The state's so-called Move Over Law is intended to provide and extra barrier of safety for police officers, firefighters and emergency rescue personnel. The public awareness campaign comes after t...
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Maryland senators are scheduled to take up a final bill today that would make head and eye protection a requirement for moped and motor scooter riders. The legislation would also require the vehicles to be titled and registered. The House of version of the bill was introduced last year, and was passed by the Environmental Matters Committee on Tuesday, reports MarylandReport...
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The slogan may be "Virginia is for lovers," but voters in the Commonwealth aren't expressing a lot of love for elected state officials, according to the latest poll from Quinnipiac University. Governor Bob McDonnell continues to garner the support of more than half of residents of the Commonwealth with a margin of 53 percent to 32 percent, but that number is actually down from...
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Voters in Virginia appear to be at odds with the state legislature and the governor over a new law that sets guidelines on ultrasounds and abortions, according to the results of the latest opinion poll from Quinnipiac University. The poll finds that 52 percent of Virginia voters polled disagree with a new law that ...
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Flags are flying at half staff in Maryland today in honor of Maj. Robert J. Marchanti, a Maryland Army National Guardsman who was killed in Afghanistan by the Taliban last month during an attack inside the Afghan interior ministry.  A funeral procession made its way this morning from Baltimore to Arlington National Cemetery, where Marchanti was buried. Dozens of motorcycl...
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The Metropolitan Police Department continues to investigate three attacks  this month against members of the D.C. gay and transgender community. One victim was shot in the stomach at an IHOP restaurant, and the other two were beaten and robbed on the street. While D.C. laws do not include hate crimes per se, there are enhanced penalties attached to other crimes that ...
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D.C. police detectives are looking for those responsible for three unrelated and very violent attacks against gay victims. Gay and transgendered activists fear that three attacks within a one-week period against members of their community may signify a repeat of last year's spate of anti-gay violence in the district. Rubi Corrado is a transgendered activist who lives in Columb...
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A couple dozen people lined up outside the Apple store in Georgetown this morning in anticipation of the first sales of the company's iPad 3 tablet. These "appleistas" wanted to be among the first get their hands on the new device.  Billy Simon, one of those sitting outside the store this morning, said die-hard Apple fans just can't help themselves when a new product come...
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It's an unseasonably warm morning at the Jefferson Memorial, and the cherry blossoms are already beginning to grace the Potomac tidal basin with their beauty. Temperatures are expected to top 80 degrees in much of the D.C. region today, and the warm weather that has kept residents balmy in recent weeks means that the cherry blossoms' peak time has been moved up a few days. ...
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Update (March 14): Phillip Joseph Gilberti , the man suspected of killing his ex-wife was found dead Tuesday night inside of a Rockville, Md. home, according to Montgomery County Police. He was accused of ki...
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The District is designating more parking meters around the city for use by disabled drivers.DC's Department of Transportation says it has begun to install 1,100 more parking meters for handicapped drivers in the city because advocates complained there weren't enough red topped meters to meet demand.Earlier this month, DDOT installed 400 of the meters that are r...
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A baby boy is back home in Southeast Washington after the SUV he was in this morning was carjacked from a driveway in Anacostia. The baby boy was inside a white Acura SUV when he, along with that car, were taken from in front of a home in the 3800 block of Suitland Rd. SE.  “I’m feeling real good now. Not too good earlier, but now I’m feeling better, a whole lot...
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A bill that would outlaw smoking in vehicles with passengers younger than 8 years old has gotten preliminary approval in the Maryland State Senate. Attempts were made to amend the bill so that the law would be a secondary rather than a primary offense. Police officers are able to pull someone over for violations of primary offenses by themselves. Another amendment that was pro...