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Armando Trull

Senior Reporter

Trull covers morning drive for WAMU. He also follows issues related to the metro D.C. area's LGBTQ and Latino communities.

Trull has been a journalist since 1988. He began his career in Miami, where he reported for the all news CBS affiliate WINZ-AM and was chief assignment editor at Channel 51/Telemundo TV.

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 news service. Armando's Washington DC 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 and has filed for the 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 continues to contribute stories.

Armando's work as a journalist has taken him to South and Central America, the Caribbean and Europe where he has covered everything from hurricanes to refugee camps, wars to the Olympics. Armando lives in Takoma DC with his havanese Babalu and lhasa apso Bruja. He loves to cook in his backyard handmade brick pizza oven.


Articles Written by Armando Trull

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The report, which was conducted by the U.S. Catholic Church, found that a combination of social factors, deficiencies in seminary education and inconsistent responses by church leaders contributed to the crisis.Father Jim Moran -- no relations to the Congressman -- who's from Arlington, Virginia, is a chunky fellow in his sixties, ruddy faced, with a ready smile and a twinkle i...
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Karen Terry, the lead researcher, called the clergy sexual abuse crisis historic, arguing most of it took place within a defined period of social and moral upheaval.“The increased frequency of abuse in the 1960s and 1970s is consistent with patterns of increased deviance in society at that time,” she says.Among the deviance cited in the report: crime, drug abuse, sex...
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Adderley, a German shepherd pup, is one of the former pets rescued in the aftermath of the Alabama tornado."We're not getting any cough, all her lymph nodes are excellent. She's bright, she's alert, she's responsive," says Dr. Dan Shillito, with the Washington Animal Rescue League.Shillito has given the 8-month-old, chocolate-colored puppy a clean bill of health."...
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Johnson apologized after pleading guilty to extortion and witness and evidence tampering Tuesday.“I wanna say to all of the citizens of our county that I'm very sorry about what happened. We all have sin and fall short of the glory of the Lord,” he said.The former county...
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Johnson pleaded guilty to two federal counts of extortion and evidence and witness tampering in a widespread corruption investigation by the U.S. government.Each count carries a maximum sentence of 20 years. However, the judge still has to decide how many years Johnson will get for his alleged crime.The plea agreement includes a forfeiture of any money and property acqui...
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Thirty-seven puppies and four kittens rescued from the Tuscaloosa shelter are now getting love at the Washington Animal Rescue League.The former pets barely survived their ordeal down south, says Dr. Gary Weitzman, the League's executive director."[They were] torn up by the tornado. I mean, dogs that have been wrapped around trees when ...
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The council may cut more than $100 million from the budget even though there are 3,000 additional students entering the school system this year. Although counties are supposed to fund school districts at the same level as the previous year under Maryland state law, Montgomery County received an ex...
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Michael Dye and Brian Justice, who are legally married in Iowa, asked the Washington County Circuit Court to change their last names to Dye-Justice. They were initially turned down by Circuit Court Judge C. Randall Lowe on the basis of fraud."The judge originally said that because these two individuals want to share the last name, they are putting themselves forth as being marr...
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Nearly 30 percent of young veterans end up unemployed for some length of time after returning home. Critics say it's a combination of poor transitional training by the Pentagon and ignorance in the private sector about the soldiers' skills.Now, thanks to a bill introduced in the U.S. Senate Wednesday, there are efforts underway to address these issues -- like the ones faced by ...
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Veterans advocates say the soldiers aren't being properly prepared to make the transition and civilian employers are unable to certify some of the soldier's training. Congress may soon change this.Twenty-six-year-old Eric Smith from Baltimore served two tours in Iraq as a Marine corpsman, tending wounded and injured comrades. He thought he'd be able to get a job as a nursing as...
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The advocates and the teens say the incident, which happened at the 2010 Montgomery County Fair, underscores the profiling and mistreatment some innocent Latino teens face at the hands of police officers eager to bust gang members.Last year nearly 200,000 people attended the Montgomery County Fair. Controlling that type of crowd was a daunting public security task for police of...
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Police say there are 34 gangs and more than 1200 gang members in the Montgomery County. One way law enforcement officials address the threat is by stopping and photographing suspected gang members -- and keeping a record of identifying characteristics, including tattoos.But in the process, some youth advocates say innocent Latino teens are being harassed. County leaders, police...
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Biology teacher Alexandra Fuentes is hoping her innovative course on DNA and genetics will help students to reject racial stereotyping."This project was designed to get students to be more critical recipients of information, to really question their beliefs and assumptions, and tie it back to what they're learning in science," Fuentes says.Students were taught the differ...
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Seventh-graders at Cesar Chavez are being asked by their older classmates to group 20 different pictures of people according to race and ethnicity as part of a biology experiment.Most got it wrong. One student tells 10th-grader Sarina that she looks Spanish."But I'm not, I'm only one-third Spanish. I am mostly black and [Arab]...You can't categorize people just by their ...
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The incident, in which 22-year-old Chrissy Lee Polis was allegedly beaten by two attackers while onlookers recorded it on their cell phones, has sparked strong reactions from activists in the gay community -- and many others. A rally outside McDonald's in Rosedale, Baltimore Tuesday night drew a diverse crowd.Several hundred people of all ages, races, genders and sexual orienta...
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On Wednesday afternoon, a man in white plastic overalls was power washing the brown mud off the Georgetown Boardwalk. At another end of the complex, a crew is repairing a wall."The damage to this property’s got to be $30 million, easy," says Dennis Roche, owner of Roche Salon.Roche was lucky his business only lost power like most of the offices and condos on the upper...
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A dozen dumpsters full of wine, food and expensive furnishings are being carted out by the hour from the flooded eateries. Tony Cibel owns three of them and realizes the daunting task of replacing all that's been lost."We're very concerned. We're now in the process of cleaning up, which could take months," he says.Huge hoses are still pumping dirty brown Potomac water fr...
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Corryn Freeman of DC Vote helped organize Friday’s Emancipation Day protest outside the Senate Hart Office Building, which involved about a hundred people. The Howard University student says the breaking point was social riders on the latest budget deal that bans abortions in the District and sets up a controversial school voucher program."We're tired of being treaded on, we...
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Brown says he's furious that Congress is mandating how the District spends its funds."These people feel they have the right to ignore the principles of democracy and tell the people of the District of Columbia how to run their lives," he says.About 100 protesters of all ages and races cheered as the men were taken away in plastic handcuffs. D.C. resident Josh Birch broug...
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The Gray Administration and the District's State Superintendent of Education have proposed capping these expenses. The last of two public hearings was held Wednesday night to discuss the regulationsThe cost of tuition, transportation, attorney fees and related services such as physical therapy for special needs students is $283 million a year, according to District figures. Tha...