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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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More than 1,500 homelessness advocates convened in Washington on Wednesday for the National Conference to End Homelessness to discuss local policies and practices that are achieving the goal. One topic of discussion was finding homes for the men and women who wore the uniform in defense of the country. "We are now at a point at which the alliance believes we have ...
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The Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial has gotten the final federal approval needed to start construction. The memorial will sit on a four-acre urban park near Capitol Hill, across from the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum. It will have three statues of Eisenhower: as a young man, as a general and as president. "Eisenhower was celebrated as an accessible man ...
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Looking to get away to the beach this summer? You may not need to leave the city, or even apply sunscreen. That's because there's a new beach in town. This beach is part of a new exhibit inside the National Building Museum's atrium, which soars almost 15 stories in the air and is a...
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Opposition to Donald Trump's project in the District is growing. Wednesday celebrity chef José Andrés pulled out of a deal to open a restaurant in the planned hotel. Thursday brought a barrage of criticism against the GOP presidential candidate over inflammatory comments about Mexican immi...
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Celebrity chef and philanthropist José Andrés recently came under pressure to sever ties with billionaire and presidential candidate Donald Trump, as WAMU first reported last week. Now Andrés says that because of Trump's inflammatory remarks about Mexicans, ...
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Update 2:30 p.m., July 8: Chef Jose Andres will back out of plans to open the flagship restaurant in Donald Trump's new D.C. hotel, in a statement released to The Washington Post. We'll have more on the ...
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Updated 3:15 p.m., July 2, with Twitter response from Andrés. Chef José Andrés is an internationally recognized superstar. His restaurants in D.C. have helped revitalize the city's food scene while employing hundreds. And now some activists are calling on him to rethink one of his upcoming projects. The reason? Donald Trump. The famous developer's new ...
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Metro Connection Segments Endangered Port Royal, Va. Fights To Keep Itself From History's Dustbin ...
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The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is underway on the National Mall through July 5, and this year's event features the South American nation of Peru. The sound of a drum beat is coming from two hollowed out logs, suspended on ropes. The instrument is called a manguaré. The thumping sound can carry for hundreds of miles, and the mangu...
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The Fairfax County School is adopting changes to its sex education curriculum, despite loud complaints from opponents. But in a nod to criticism of the changes, it also voted to make a new class optional for students. The opponents of the new curriculum, mostly religious and social conservatives, voiced their disapproval last night at a Fairfax County School Board meeting. ...
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Thursday night, the Fairfax County School Board is set to vote on a new sex-education curriculum. Some of the proposed changes have garnered plenty of criticism from conservative and religious groups as well as some parents. Some Fairfax County residents have expressed their concern through a flurry of angry calls and emails made during the public comment period, which ended...
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A transgender patient is accusing Medstar Georgetown University Hospital of discrimination, after being denied services. The case could very well be the first of many in the District as society moves toward greater acceptance of gender identity issues. For most of her life, Alexa Rodriguez, a 36-year-old transgender woman from El Salvador, would look in the mirror and cry ...
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Is there are a point where business advertising becomes political advertising? A slippery slope where freedom of speech and politics intersect? That slippery slope could very well be the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and 11th Street NW. That's where the $200 million transformation of the Old Post Office building on Pennsylvania Avenue is in full swing, courtesy of bill...
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D.C. has seen a jump of more than 12 percent in homelessness over the past few years, even as city officials wrestle with crowded, unsafe shelters and insufficient permanent housing. In response, some homeless residents are making their voices heard. Magical Mystery B...
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Can green spaces improve the overall health of an individual and a community? One physician in the District is determined to prove that it's just what all doctors should order. Most of the patients at Unity Health Care's Clinic in Columbia Heights are Latino and African-American. It's a population with disproportionate rates of obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure among...
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Metro Connection Segments Meet the Man Who Led the U.S. Government's Ebola Response In Liberia ...
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The Cuban Corner restaurant in Rockville plays old time Cuban music. The walls are festooned with names of prominent Cuban-Americans who have made it big in the world of politics music and business. In a corner there's a painted mural depicting the heads of Fidel and Raul Castro and Che Guevara in frying pans. "To remove Castro from the list of terrorists is so immoral in my...
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Lisa Orenstein is holding her baby, Eve, while her spouse, Becca Lyter watches. Eve was conceived through in-vitro fertilization, says Orenstein, the birth mother. "It was unbelievably expensive. The fertility doctor explained it to me, it's like going into a casino and keep putting quarters in the slot machine in the hopes that you get your dream to come true," Orenstein s...
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Chef James Gee, formerly of Jaleo Bethesda, heads the kitchen at the new China Chilcano. (Chris Chester/WAMU) It's not often that you can help overcome world hunger by overeating, but ...
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President Obama's plan to allow millions of undocumented immigrants to begin a process of legalization has hit another roadblock in federal court. The administration's appeal to lift an injunction against his executive actions on immigration reform was denied; consequently tens of thousands of undocumented immigrants in the metro D.C. area will continue to live in the shadow...