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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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WAMU 88.5's Armando Trull takes a look at a series of crimes against transgender individuals in and around D.C., and provides a look what activists and leaders are doing to call attention to discrimination and mistreatment of transgender men and women. April 26, 2011...
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Price George's County Police and investigators from Alexandria, Va. responded to a report of a body found in a 20-foot well in the backyard of a home at the 11900 block of Old Fort Road in Fort Washington, Md. The body was found after police received an anonymous tip directing them to the well behind the apparently abandoned home, ...
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Brittany Norwood, the woman convicted of killing a coworker at an upscale yoga clothing shop in Bethesda, will learn today how much time she'll spend behind bars.  Norwood is scheduled to be sentenced this afternoon at Montgomery County Circuit Court. She was convicted of first degree murder two months ago in the March 2011 slaying of Jayna Murray inside the Lululemo...
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The ticket amnesty program from the D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles ends today, nearly six months after it began. The program is offered to anyone who received a parking or driving ticket in the District before Jan. 1, 2010.  Tickets can be paid over the phone, online, or in person at DMV adjudication services on C Street NW. After Friday, the tickets go up because pena...
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The 2012 Washington Auto Show gets underway this weekend, and America's largest automaker is using the opportunity to talk about going green.Mark Reuss, President of GM North America, says the focus will be on efficiency."What we're really talking about here is our new family of sma...
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Update 12:30 p.m.: Regular train service along the Red Line has been restored according to WMATA, after the completion of repairs to a cracked rail at the Tenleytown Metro station. Update 10 a.m.: Metro is reporting that a crane is now in ...
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Several dozen people protested in Columbia Heights on behalf of Jai Shankar this week, ahead of President Barack Obama's challenge to Congress to address immigration reform. Shankar, a civil engineer and native of India who has been in the U.S. since 1992, says D.C. police arrested him in 2009 and turned him over to immigration authorities after he called police to report a crime. Sha...
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The President's third state of the union speech may have been seen by as many as 40 million people, and in the District some of them chose to watch at Busboys & Poets on 14th St. NW, a restaurant known for its liberal politics. At the restaurant's open mike slam, urban poets delivered their own state of the union, while on the other side of the restaurant, a standing ...
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Some lawmakers critical of the Occupy Wall Street movement are expected to grill National Park Service officials today on why protesters have been allowed to remain in McPherson Square and Freedom Plaza in downtown D.C. The hearing today on two "Occ...
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A controversial bill that would allow the city's police chief to set up permanent prostitution-free zones will be taken up this morning by the D.C. Council. The bill lets police detain and arrest people suspected of engaging in street prostitution. Some of city's gay activis...
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A two-alarm fire destroyed one townhome and damaged two others early this morning. Neighborhood resident Susan Gordon says her townhome narrowly escaped the fire. "I ran up and saw the light, saw the house in flames," she says. "All the way from the bottom to the top." Montgomery County Assistant Fire Chief Scott Graham says more than a dozen fire trucks and ladde...
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The Veterans Career Fair Expo is under way at the D.C. Convention Center. Hundreds of active-duty and veterans are there already, but there could be as many as 10,000 job-seekers by the end of the day. "There are over 100 companies here and we have a little over 6,000 jobs available at the expo today between the private sector and the federal government," says Paula Pullen, a ...
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Authorities are still investigating an incident last night outside the White House in which a member of a crowd of Occupy Wall Street protesters threw a smoke bomb onto the White House lawn.  The secret service says a crowd estimated to be as large as 1,500 people massed outside the gates of the presidential mansion when, at one point, a person in that crowd tossed a smok...
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Update, 6:30 p.m.: Hundreds of Occupy protesters gathered on Capitol Hill today -- rallying against the influence of corporate money in politics. Many were hoping to speak with members of congress, and some came close. Earlier in the day demonstrators thought they would be denied entrance to the house office buildings on Capitol Hill. As it turns out, a small ...
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The D.C. Council may once again take up legislation this year protecting gay and lesbian students from bullying. That legislation, which was introduced late in 2010 but was never passed in 2011, could come before the council once again this spring. At the same time, there is a new training film for teachers trying to address the problem in primary school. The children in...
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D.C. homicide detectives are looking for the mother of an infant girl abandoned on the steps of a Northeast D.C. home Sunday night. The baby, who was found outdoors in Northeast D.C. Sunday night died in the hospital after she was found by a neighbor, according to Metropolitan Police. The baby was found by a neighbor on the ground in front of a house on the 3000 block of ...
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Update: Occupy DC issued a statement Friday saying it's willing to work with the city to deal with a rat infestation and other problems. But the group says it doesn't plan to move, and calls any attempt to evict them “counterproductive to ensuring the safety of occupiers.” D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray called on the National Park Service to remove the demonstrat...
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Metro's board met Thursday, and the main item on the agenda was the budget. The proposal, from Metro manager Richard Sarles, calls for hiring 1,000 workers to bolster the system's maintenance and safety efforts, and also proposes hikes in fares. The fare plan, released ...
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Montgomery County Police are hunting for an alleged rapist and robber who they say has been on a crime spree this week. There have been two home-invasion type attacks in two days, and Montgomery police believe the same man is responsible for both. The latest home invasion happened Wednesday morning in Bethesda, when the suspect tied up a mother and child and sexually assa...
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Drivers in Virginia have a much higher risk of death, injury and economic losses because of loopholes in traffic safety laws, according to a report released today by Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety.  The coalition has given Virginia the lowest of three rankings in its 2012 report [...