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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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  At the Takoma Metro stop in Washington D.C. Tuesday morning, the temperature was in the twenties and is expected to get even colder. Even so, residents of the District didn't flinch when it came time to go to work. A Ms. Davis, was out bright and early helping distribute the Washington Post Express newspaper: "I didn't have a problem. I'm 64 years old and I didn...
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Folks at the Occupy DC encampment in McPherson Square are preparing themselves for the cold snap that is expected to hit the D.C. area in the coming days. It promises to be the most trying physical challenge so far for those who have dwelled in the 100 some odd tents since October. According to NBC Was...
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Virginia is likely up for some contentious fights in the upcoming legislative session, if the results of a recent poll of Virginia voters are any indication.  Poll finds divide on Virginia budget The poll, in which Quinnipiac University surveyed about 1,100 registered voters in the state, questioned people on the budget, given that 2012 will likel...
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Voters in Virginia are having a difficult time deciding who would make a better U.S. senator -- a former Republican governor or a former Democratic governor. According to a poll by Quinnipiac University, the Virginia U.S. Senate race remains too close to call, with Republican George Allen at 44 percent an...
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Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich will stump in Northern Virginia today, and he's in a race against the clock to make it on the ballot. Gingrich is hosting a rally in Rosslyn tonight that he hopes will ignite his Virginia campaign. He'll be holding a series of rallies throughout the state in the next two days, and the success of those events could determine if he...
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Update, 3:00 p.m.: A three-judge panel is considering a challenge to Maryland's congressional redistricting map. On Tuesday afternoon, Jason Torchinsky told the panel Maryland should have three majority-minority congressional districts instead of two. Torchinsky says the state's General Assembly, which is controlled by Democrats, failed to make minority gr...
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The District wants to modernize its taxi fleet, with Mayor Vincent Gray proposing a series of changes. But he's getting some push-back from independent cabbies. The D.C. Taxicab Commission recommended a hike in taxi fares in a report last week, and Gray is expected to introduce legislation to...
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Virginia governor Bob McDonnell is presenting a new two-year budget proposal today that reflects his priorities in these lean times. McDonnell wants to trim nearly $259 million in higher hospitalization costs and slash more than $65 million in nursing home inflation adjustments, all from Virginia's share of the federal-state Medicaid program. He's also targetting $110 ...
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Authorities in Prince George's County are still investigating exactly what happened in a fatal shooting over the weekend that involved a police officer.  Shortly before 10 p.m. Saturday, 35-year-old Rodney Edwards, a partially paralyzed man from Landover, Md., was sitting on the curb near his uncle's home on the 7500 block of Greenleaf Road in Landover. The uncle, Henry E...
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Philanthropist David Rubenstein is making a $4.4 million donation to the National Zoo's giant panda program. David Rubenstein, who sits on the board of regents at the Smithsonian, is making the donation to fund the pandas for the next five years. He says he hopes the gift will result in the birth of more pandas to the zoo. The donation, described as a holiday gift for the Nati...
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A tentative deal has been reached to avoid a government shutdown. The $1 trillion spending agreement gives federal agencies the money they'll need to keep the government running next year. This happened last night, about 27 hours before the current stopgap bill funding the government w...
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The man accused of firing shots at the White House in November was back in court today, and a federal judge has scheduled a hearing Friday to hear more evidence about the mental health of a man accused of firing shots at the White House in November. Oscar Ortega-Hernandez ha...
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Police cleared Occupy Baltimore protesters out of McKeldin Square in Baltimore early this morning in what was a largely nonviolent interaction between authorities and demonstrators.  The tents are gone and so are the protesters from the square, which is surrounded by the harbor's tal...
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The Virginia Department of Transportation is scheduled to take the wraps off electronic message signs today between Fredericksburg and Washington. The signs, which were introduced last August, will display estimated travel times, giving motorists the heads-up on what lies ahead with the option to seek alternate routes.  Motorists will see travel times posted at three nort...
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Deriek Crouse, the Virginia Tech policeman murdered last week was buried Monday. More is being learned about his alleged killer, Ross Truett Ashley. The part-time university student had recently broken up with his girlfriend and had spoken about some family problems, but gave no hints of this level of violence. In Ashleys’ hometown of Partlow, Va., former schoolmates say...
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Virginia State Police say a man shot during a struggle with a Virginia state trooper has died. 32-year-old Herbert J. Wheeler of Chesterfield died early Friday at Mary Washington Hospital.State police say in a news release that Sr. Trooper Michael H. Hamer was shot in the leg during the incident. He is recovering at Mary Washington.A Department of Motor Vehicle...
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Update 12:50 p.m.: Leslie Johnson, wife of former Prince George's Executive Jack Johnson, has been sentenced to serve one year and one day in prison, two years supervised release, community service and a$15,000 fine. She could be released from prison after 10 months. In court today, Leslie Johnson begged the judge for leniency and asked for probation instead o...
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The Virginia Tech police officer who was gunned down in a campus attack joined the force in 2007, six months after the university was the scene of the deadliest shooting rampage in modern U.S. history.  Deriek W. Crouse, an Army veteran and married father of five c...
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Update 11:30 a.m.: Pepco now reporting a total of 4,480 customers without power in the District. Power has not been restored to customers in Northeast, as was previously predicted, and no time for restoration is listed on the company's outage map. Other outage restoration times throughout the D.C. area range from 7 p.m. tonight to 3 a.m. tomorrow morning. ...
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A winter weather advisory is in effect for areas north and west of the District, and forecasters say the rain will turn to snow this evening. Forecasters say expect about 1 to 2 inches max in area such as Loudon County, Virginia and upper Montgomery County in Maryland, with maybe a dusting in the District. At a home improvement store in Frederick, Maryland, C...