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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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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...
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Farooque Ahmed of Ashburn was sentenced to 23 years in prison Monday immediately after entering his guilty plea as part of a deal with federal prosecutors.Ahmed, a naturalized citizen from Pakistan, apologized in court for his conduct.He pleaded guilty to conspiring to provide material support to al-Qaida and collecting information for a terrorist attack on a transit fac...
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"I let myself get controlled by all of the gang stuff," Navarro says.But he got a second chance through a community based program run by an organization called Identity."First, after I get my GED I'm going to go to college. I’m going to study to be an automotive technician, then I’m going to work on cars and open my own business,” he says.Navarro‘s case ...
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Ivan Echeverry's story resembles those of many Latino teens in Montgomery County."I never knew my parents. I lived in seven or eight different foster homes. I've been homeless and dropped out of school," he says.Echeverry's experience reflects a list of problems that threaten many in a generation of youth."This is about the future of Montgomery County, very clearl...
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At the Crossroads Youth Opportunity Center, Latino students are working on their GED after dropping out of high school."I got tired of working in construction, and I really didn't want to be doing that for the rest of my life," says 21-year-old Walter.Fellow student Nancy, 19, says she's changed her direction too."I stopped drinking, I stopped doing all that bad s...
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Leesburg winemaker Doug Fabbioli is proud of the Bordeaux-style red wines aging in his oak barrels. The last thing he wants is the bouquet of stink bugs in next year's vintage."Not only will they hurt the fruit while it's hanging on the vine, but also while were picking the fruit then we have the possibility of them getting into the wine if we're not careful," he says.Fa...
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Rev. Henry Davis has a stark warning for almost 100 of his fellow black pastors about the toll of HIV/AIDS."We are at war. There are casualties and bodies and collateral damage all around us. Lord, we are in crisis," he says.Dr. Ulder Tillman, public health officer for Montgomery County, says limited resources means more attention must be given to high-risk groups such a...
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The protesters believe the workers' rights were violated. A few dozen people chanted they weren’t done fighting with Chipotle, but if the protest was small, the issue is huge.How should a company deal with employees it believes are undocumented?The workers say Chipotle showed them the door with no notice or explanation. They claim they're owed vacation pay and two week...
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Chanting "Chipotle, listen up, we're not done fighting," several dozen protesters are demanding the fast-food company apologize for the way it fired workers without notice or explanation."Why did they do that? Why didn't they warn us before?" Herlinda Mendoza said in Spanish.Mendoza says she worked at Chipotle for six years, and Chipotle owes her vacation pay and bonuses...
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For nearly two decades, hundreds of pregnant women, most of them Latinas, have been counseled at the Tepeyac Women's Center.A 21-year-old, who asked that her name not be used, said she just learned she is pregnant again."I'm just grateful to have them here, someone to talk to me and for me not to go through a lot of stuff by myself," she says.Tepeyac is a Catholic...
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Several hundred elated students erupted into cheers of "Yes we can! Yes we can in Spanish," outside the Senate chambers when the vote was announced.Sen. Victor Ramirez (D) sponsored the bill that would allow undocumented students to pay in-state tuition rates at Maryland's state colleges and universities.Surrounded by youngsters Ramirez, himself an immigrant, was teary-e...
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Gwen Filipiak, a teacher at Lewisdale Elementary School in Hyattsville, is concerned about plans to move pension responsibilities from the state to each school district."So we might pay into the pension for 25 years, and have some kind of upheaval in the ocunty and lose everything we've put into it," she says.The union says workers have already taken furloughs and even p...
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The report shows many Americans want hospitals to do a better job of protecting their patients from potentially deadly bacteria.The Partnership says 84 percent of Americans surveyed support infection-reduction programs in hospitals. George Halvorson, chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente, says hospitals need to be more focused on infection prevention."The death rate from...
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The students did more than just chant "Yes we can! Yes we can!" in Spanish outside the state capital, they also met with legislators to explain the challenges of paying out-of-state tuition....
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Prince George's County Del. Tiffany Alston believes the word "marriage" may be the stumbling block that's preventing the bill from moving forward, so she's working on an amendment to the measure, which she co-sponsored."I think that if we wanted to issue a license to everybody and call it something like a 'civil union license' and then everybody in the state whether hetersexual...
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But a mom-and-pop supermarket in Chevy Chase, Md., claims it has the cleanest carts in town because it has installed one of the few high-tech, cart-cleaning systems in the metro D.C. area."There's always an assortment of bodily fluids from the kids that are always found [on the carts]" says Jay Kirsch, whose family has owned Chevy Chase Supermarket for three generations....