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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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Republicans in Virginia are heading to the polls today to decide who will represent them in the 2012 Presidential elections this November. At Patrick Henry Elementary in Arlington, there's not likely to be a run on ballots, because turnout has so far been less than super on this Super Tuesday. While a total of 46 delegates are in play in the commonwealth, only Mitt Romney and ...
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Metro has tallied security information for 2011 and the Deanwood station on the Orange line and the Anacostia station on the Green line were the two most dangerous stations in the system last year, according to the stats, which were first reported by ...
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There were some tense moments on the George Washington University campus last night, after reports that a gunman was inside the school's library building sent students scrambling around 11 p.m.  A University spokesperson tells the Associated Press the U.S. Secret Service had originally reported the sighting of a man with a gun heading toward the university's Foggy Bottom ...
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The District wants to thank all of the drivers who paid almost $93 million in traffic fines last year. AAA Mid-Atlantic says both the 1.6 million tickets issued and the money they netted last year, were record breaking. About $5 million came from an amnesty program the District ran last year. Among the big-ticket magnets: parking within 10 feet of a fire hydrant, and more t...
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Snowflakes began falling in parts of Spotsylvania County around 7:30 a.m. today. The fast moving Alberta clipper from West Virginia is making its way north along the 1-95 Corridor, so as commuters drive into Washington, D.C. northbound, or as they drive southbound away from Washington, D.C., they will experience some light snow flurries mixed with some icy rain. Precipitati...
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Nearly half a million Marylanders face hunger every day, almost a third of them children. Beginning today, it could be a little easier to help them get a healthy meal. At Safeway stores in Maryland this week, you may notice a stack of brown paper bags with a 'Harvest for the Hungry' label near the carts or by the checkout stands. Inside those bags is $10-worth of healthy food....
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A few days ago, Prince George's County councilmember Karen Toles was stopped by police on the Capital Beltway for going 105 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour zone and making an unsafe traffic lane change. According to police sources who sp...
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If you've ever sat at a Metro bus stop waiting and wondering, "Whatever happened to my bus?" Metro now has a better way to break the bad news to you: It's called Metro Alerts. They rolled out that service yesterday, and it allows bus passengers to receive alerts and advisories for things such as route-specific delays, detours, and schedule changes over their mobile device, pa...
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D.C. police have begun arresting many of the 50 some-odd protesters who have been blocking the entrance to the Monsanto headquarters building on the 1300 block of I Street NW starting around 7:30 a.m. today. The protesters say that Monsanto has wreaked havoc throughout the world on farmers and on the world’s environment and they don’t want anyone going in and out of the bu...
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The U.S. Justice Department is mediating allegations that D.C.'s police department is violating the civil rights of transgendered people.  The first meeting between Justice Department investigators and transgendered activists took place this past October, according to Jason Terry with the D.C. Trans Coalition. (The Justice Department declined to be interviewed for this st...
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A controversy over a planned big box store in the District may claim its first political victim as voters head to the polls for a special neighborhood election. A recall vote is underway today in the Brightwood neighborhood of Ward 4. About 2,000 voters will decide if they will keep or kick out Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Douglas Smith. The bone of contention in...
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A serious accident between a bicyclist and a tractor trailer closed down U Street NW between 10th and 12th streets NW for more than an hour this morning. Witnesses tell WAMU 88.5 that the bicyclist, whose mangled red Capital Bikeshare bicycle was sitting in the middle of U Street after the accident, was taken away in an ambulance, but police say the victim will likely pull thr...
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A coalition of transportation advocates at the Suburban Maryland Transportation Alliance Conference says if a new gas tax isn't approved by Maryland lawmakers, the state's highways and roads will soon be un-driveable and new projects will never get built. The state is coming up short on the funds needed to fund new transportation projects like the Purple Line. That’s one of ...
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Early this morning, as many as 300 young people, some with their parents, gathered in line at Prince George's County Plaza, hoping to get their hands on the new Nike Air Foamposite Galaxy shoes. The retail price of the limited edition Nike shoes is $220, but a handful can be found on eBay selling for over $1,000. One pair was found for an asking price of $2,500. Di...
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Law enforcement officers and FBI officials are warning lawmakers about threatening letters with white powder that have been sent to members of Congress. The substance contained in the suspicious packages was not anthrax or believed to be dangerous. But it did contained messages saying there was a 10 percent chance of exposure to a lethal pathogen, and that more letters woul...
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D.C.'s Ward 3 residents will get a briefing tonight from Police Chief Cathy Lanier and D.C. Council member Mary Cheh  on efforts to curtail a wave of street robberies.  Ward 3 has seen a string of street crimes, mostly targeting pedestrians, in recent weeks; but across the city, violent crime is up significantly from the same period of time last year. One of ...
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The Baltimore County Council has approved a controversial law that prohibits discrimination against transgender people. The transgender discrimination bill was sparked by an attack last year against a transgender woman who was using the women's restroom at a Baltimore McD...
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Groundbreaking is planned today for the National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall. Later this morning, President Barack Obama and former first lady Laura Bush will help break ground for a new national museum that tells the history of black art, life, and culture as part of the Smithsonian Insti...
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The price of crude oil continues to rise based on a number of factors, including a potential showdown with Iran in the middle east. Consequently, drivers are paying more at the pump, with figures showing gas prices up by an average of 10 percent nationwide since this time last year. The Exxon gas station on the corner of Virginia Av. and Rock Creek Parkway  in D.C. is one...
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Police in the District are getting a helping hand from the Guardian Angels in their efforts to stop an outbreak of armed robberies largely targeting people with personal electronic devices, including smart phones. The citizen crime prevention group has begun a crime awareness campaign that includes handing out fliers to pedestrians and transit riders, and this morning they're ...