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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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A Takoma Park woman has died following an apartment fire overnight.  Montgomery County Fire and Rescue crews were dispatched to the Park Ritchie apartment homes in the 7600 block of Maple Avenue in Takoma Park early this morning. When they arrived, they entered one of those apartments  and found a young girl trying to save her grandmother's life.  The vi...
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Around 8 p.m. Sunday night, three people, including two women, robbed a victim at 22nd and S Street NW. Several hours later, just before 1 a.m. this morning, another robbery took place at 21st and N Street. The number of armed robberies that have taken place in the District is twice as high in the first two months of 2012 compared to the same period last year, ...
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Maryland's House of Delegates will consider amendments to the same-sex marriage bill today, with a final vote possible this week. Among those amendments, one that would create additional protection for the religious freedom of organizations that opposes same-sex marriage. Another would legalize civil unions for gay couples. As of Wednesday afternoon, advocates were still trying to loc...
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Police in the District say they're making some progress in stemming a rash of street robberies in Northwest Washington. Metropolitan Police detectives have arrested four suspects they believe may have been involved in nearly a dozen armed robberies in the District that targeted mostly pedestrians. During many of those muggings, iPhones and other personal electronic devices wer...
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Nearly 400,000 people use mass transit in the Metro D.C. area to get to work every day, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. That's roughly 14 percent of commuters taking the Metro, the bus, or the train. And only New York and San Francisco have a higher percentage of mass transit commuters. Now while Baltimore may be better than Washington in terms of pro football, th...
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The Alexandria Fire Department will be shutting down temporarily this week as firefighters remember a fallen colleague. The department will go dark for 48 hours in honor of Joshua Weissman, a paramedic killed last week in the line of duty. From th...
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D.C. Police believe the same suspects may have been involved in the two gunpoint robberies which happened last night around 11 p.m. One was at River Rd. and 46th St., the other in the 5000 block of Wisconsin Av., both in the Friendship Heights area. The victims told detectives there were three robbers, at least one of whom wore a mask. Police say another robbery happe...
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Valentines is blooming from the trees and buildings along 21st street NW between Q and P making Dupont Circle one of the more romantic neighborhoods to walk through this week. The colorful yarn decorations are part of collaboration between the Phillips Collection Museum and a local yarn store called Loop Yarn Works. Yarn. There’s even a cupid made entirely of yarn, with whit...
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President Obama is scheduled to unveil his 2013 budget at Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale today. The budget is expected to contain good news for D.C. statehood advocates and anyone who's irritated at Congressional oversight at how the District's budget is spent. Obama's budget is also expected to include language that grants the District more budget autonom...
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Since late last year and well into 2012, there has been an increase in armed robberies and street muggings in the District. Some of the crimes have taken place in upscale neighborhoods in Northwest, D.C., such as Tenleytown and Friendship Heights that border the District line with Maryland's Chevy Chase and Bethesda neighborhoods. In some cases, the robbers have brandished handguns du...
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A new poll of Virginia voters is out from Quinnipiac University this morning, showing how Virginians feel about a range of social issues from questions about children's health and school issues to mandatory drug testing for recipients of social services. More than 1,500 voters were surveyed, and while they were split on some issues -- some generated support across the board. ...
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Parents at a District elementary school may be breathing a sigh of relief now that an alleged child molester is behind bars. But the incident involving this individual raised questions about a D.C. school policy that may be endangering students. D.C. Police say they have arrested 21-year-old Davon Rashad Wood, according to Associated Press. They say he is the man who alle...
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A first responder from Northern Virginia was a victim of an accident yesterday evening, according to the Alexandria Fire Department. Alexandria firefighter Joshua Weissman passed away after fighting for his own life this morning following a fall from an overpass on I-395 near the Shirlington exit. Weissman was trying to get to a vehicle fire on that overpass when somehow ...
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Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell continues to do very well when rated by Virginia registered voters even while other chief executives at the state level are getting the thumbs down gesture from their constituents. Of registered commonwealth voters polled last week, 58 percent gave McDonnell a positive rating. "Virginia's economy seems to be doing better than most of the rest of...
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Grocery shopping could soon cost a little more in Maryland's Prince George's County, particularly for those who don't "go green" with reusable bags. Prince George's County is poised to soon follow D.C. and Montgomery County with the implementation on a bag tax. The Prince George's County Council has voted in support of legislation that would create a 5-cent disposable bag tax...
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Reverend Bill Bennett and Willy Wilson are holding a protest at the 1900 block of Branch Avenue SE. That is where a camera, brand new and gleaming, has been set up at the bottom of a steep incline. Every month, the District of Columbia generates more than $3 million in speed camera fines. The two area pastors say that when that money is coming from elderly and low-income r...
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Some parents with children who attend one high school in Montgomery County are upset over a flyer sent home with quarterly report cards that came from a group that says no one is born gay.  The organization is called Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays (PFOX). It's a national nonprofit group that believes homo...
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Update Feb. 8, 9:45 a.m.: Police say a faulty natural gas furnace was the source of a carbon monoxide gas leak which put six family members from Fort Washington in the hospital this week. Health authorities say they found approximately 450 parts per million of carbon monoxide in the home where the two adults and four children were overcome. That’s extra...
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Update, 4:30 p.m.: A third arrest in the death of prominent Alexandria civic activist Lenny Harris on the same day that the community paid its respects to his widow and family. Prince George's County Police have issued an arrest warrant has been issued for 26-year-old Tyrone Lewis of Temple Hills, who is currently already serving time in Fairfax County on unre...
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A transgender woman has died today, after being attacked Thursday night. The attacked happened in the 4800 block of East Capitol Street, NE. Police say a man attacked the transgendered woman during an altercation at a Metro bus stop, but the motives for the arguments are unclear. Surgeons determined the victim was a transgendered woman during an emergency treatme...