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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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Authorities in Virginia are investigating an after-hours accident at an elementary school in Herndon that killed one teenager and injured three others on Tuesday night. A 14-year-old boy died after getting entangled in power lines on the roof of Fox Mill Elementary School in Herndon. He was found dangling from a conduit some nine feet in the air and died on the scene around ...
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Metro officials say they're investigating reports of problems with the emergency call system on a Red Line train after a fight broke out. Passengers say they tried to use the emergency call system yesterday evening to alert the driver about the fight near the Woodley Park station, but they got no response. Metro officials say they believe there was some communica...
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Saturday marks the one-year anniversary of President Obama's decision to allow some young immigrants to temporarily legalize their status. At the Community Clinic of Takoma Park, 23 year-old nurse José Aguiluz is examining a patient. "They usually come with a very advanced chronic disease. Sometimes it feels like you’re fighting against current and trying to ge...
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The next three months will be especially dangerous for young drivers and passengers. Whenever a teen driver is involved in a vehicle crash, there's a 75 percent chance it will be that teen's fault, according to a study released by State Farm Insurance. Another report released yesterday by the Ford Motor Company says two-thirds of the teens it interviewed admitted to being di...
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An off-duty New Jersey police officer has been charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter in Anne Arundel County. Investigators say 40-year-old Joseph Walker, a detective from Eastampton, N.J. fatally shot 36-year-old Joseph Harvey during an apparent road rage incident near Millersville, Md. The incident happened Saturday night around 8:30, after the victi...
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Metro D.C. residents that travel internationally may see their options expand over the next few years. Baltimore-Washington Thurgood Marshall Airport could regain some of the international traffic it has lost in recent years, but it needs help from Southwest Airlines, which now accounts for more than 70 percent of BWI's passenger load. Southwest, through its AirTra...
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Two local school systems lead the country in their ability to graduate high schoolers. For the past four years Montgomery County Schools had the highest graduation rate among the 50 largest school districts in America according to Education Week. No longer—that title can now be claimed by Fairfax County Public Schools, with 85 percent of its seniors earning a high school s...
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A non-profit bike repair shop in Arlington is helping both riders and teens get on the right track. Last year Ever Franco—an 8th grader at Kenmore Middle School in Arlington—was in a bad place. "I was in a bit of trouble. I went to juvie and then my parole officer told me to do some community service," he says. That turned out to be the non-profit Phoenix Bike repair shop,...
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D.C. issued 1.8 million tickets to motorists last year, of which 750,000 were parking tickets. But which parking violations were the most ticketed? Leading the charge were tickets for drivers who overstay their parking meters—322,000 tickets were handed out for that violation. The second-most common ticket was for motorists who stayed longer than the two hours allowed in m...
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The next time you visit Friendship Heights so you can drop $10,000 on a bauble from Gucci or Cartier, you don't need to worry that you'll get caught in the middle of a jewel heist. That's what happened here at the Cartier store this past April—five masked men overwhelmed security guards, smashed glass cases and stole about $130,000 worth of watches. But the FBI s...
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The D.C. Council will today vote on a bill that would push the nation's capital to the forefront of implementing a health insurance exchange as mandated by the federal health care reform overhaul. The bill being considered today would require that all health insurance for individuals not on employer-funded plans and small businesses be purchased through the exchange by 2015,...
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Alexandria police yesterday arrested Arlington County Sheriff's Deputy Craig Patterson, 44, and charged him with murder in the homicide of Julian Dawkins. Dawkins was shot by Patterson early in the morning of May 22. Patterson claimed that Dawkins, 22, came at him with a knife and that he shot in self-defense. Witnesses have told investigators that the two were arg...
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Council member Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6), chair of the D.C. Council's Committee on Public Safety and the Judiciary, is proposing a bill that would allow Police Chief Cathy Lanier to close down stores linked to stolen mobile phones. The measure mirrors the authority already given to Lanier to close down bars and clubs for four days if they're linked to violence.  Last ...
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John Adams Elementary School in Alexandria, as well as three elementary schools in Manassas City, have asked the Virginia Board of Education for a waiver from mandatory testing for third-graders for science and social studies proficiency. The schools say they would rather use the instructional time to bolster the reading skills of children who now read below grade level. ...
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The Smithsonian Gardens comprise 12 different locations that include classic American heirloom flowers, a butterfly garden, a greenhouse nursery and even a garden native to America prior to the arrival of Europeans. The gardens are among a select few accredited by the American Alliance of Museums because of the historical value ...
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The nineteenth annual Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) is underway this Memorial Day Weekend, and some 2,200 volunteers and family members of fallen servicemen and women are participating in a series of activities to promote healing. Carol Hilton, from Chesapeake, Virginia, lost her husband, Navy Lt. Lawrence Hilton, in 2004...
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All this weekend the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian is celebrating the “Here is Hawaii” festival. You won’t have to get on a plane to enjoy traditional Hawaiian culture—there will be many fun and free activities for both children and adults including cooking, dancing and lei-making classes, as well as performances by Hawaiian artists and even film screening...
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Hundreds of protesters are descending on federal facilities throughout D.C. this morning, where they are demanding that federally contracted low-wage workers receive a living wage. According to the protesters, contracted workers in the Ronald Reagan Building, Old Postal Office, Union Station, and other federal buildings make between $8 and $9 an hour, which they say is not eno...
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Democrat Terry McAuliffe has inched ahead of Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli in the race to be the commonwealth's next governor. A new poll from Quinnipiac University gives McAuliffe a 43-38 lead over Cuccinelli, the first time any candidate has gain...
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One of the most solemn events that marks National Police Week is happening today on Capitol Hill. Today is Peace Officers Memorial Day, a tradition that goes back to President John F. Kennedy. Later this morning thousands of police officers, representing local , state and federal agencies will gather on the west front of the U.S. Capitol for a m...