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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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The Fairfax County School Board is considering including gender identity in its nondiscrimination policy. The proposal before the Fairfax County school board would extend discrimination protection to transgender students, teachers and staffers. It comes in the wake of an opinion by Virginia's Attorney General Mark Herring that school boards can include sexual orientation and...
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Many people with hard-to-spell names, especially ethnic names, can attest to the mangling those names sometimes suffer at the hands of clerks who issue government IDs. Discrepancies between misspelled names on those IDs and names appearing on voter rolls create the possibility of Americans being turned away at polling places. Virginia Del. Vivian Watts helped pass a law that...
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One person may be trapped after the collapse of a parking garage at the Watergate complex. The garage was under construction when the structural collapse occurred around 10 a.m. A construction worker at the scene told WAMU that three stories of the garage collapsed Friday. One person sustained a minor injury and was taken to a hospital. Fire department spokesman Ti...
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When Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen announced he would run for the Senate to replace Barbara Mikulski, the news further churned Maryland's political waters, which were already roiling over the long-serving Democratic senator's retirement. Now state Del. Ana Sol Gutierrez of Montgomery County is looking to take the seat, looking to score another notable first in a career full...
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The domestic violence rate among Latinos in the U.S. is about the same as among the general population — with one in three women reporting that they have been victims of abuse — but the way Latinos respond to domestic violence is markedly different, according to a new study that is the largest-ever survey of Latinos on the issue. That difference is underscored by the na...
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The violence in El Salvador is reaching epidemic levels and murders this year are on track to place that nation at the top of the list in countries not at war. The Salvadoran community of the metro D.C. area is one of the largest in the United States and this week they are welcoming several hundred youth taking a stand against that violence with art. On Monday, 500 Salvador...
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Over the next few months, more than 20,000 Central American youth are expected to be detained while crossing the U.S. border with Mexico. Both the short- and long-term solutions to the exodus will impact the metro D.C. region, which has one of the largest Central American immigrant communities in the country. That Central American community grew by at least 7,000 children last year an...
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A federal appellate court will hear oral arguments Friday to decide whether President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration policy will move forward, or whether an injunction will remain in place. The measures would allow more than 4 million undocumented immigrants to legally remain in the country. In the D.C. area, thousands of undocumented immigrants are waiting...
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The phones can't stop ringing at Ayuda, a nonprofit serving Latinos in the District and Northern Virginia. Its name means "help" in Spanish. And Ayuda — like many of the local NGOs working with Central American minors and their families needs a lot of ayuda itself. The arrival of more than 7,000 traumatized Central American children ...
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Walk through the halls of Wheaton High School and you'll see the demographic shift that Montgomery County has experienced over the past two decades. More than 57 percent of the students are Latinos, and countywide there are almost 45,000 Latino students within the public school enrollment of 157,000. But Latino students in Montgomery County Public Schools aren't doing as wel...
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Update, 1 p.m.: Wossen Assaye is back in custody after being captured by police shortly before noon in southeast Washington D.C. After escaping this morning, he carjacked a car just miles away before stealing another car. Assaye was finally apprehended after a nine-hour search when he was spotted on a Metro bus near Minnesota Avenue, ...
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Update: Follow this story from NPR for further updates. Original story: One person is dead near the entrance to the National Security Agency at Fort Meade in Maryland after two men reportedly tried to ram the gate. The ...
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Over the past 15 months, the metro D.C. area has experienced an influx of nearly 6,000 undocumented youth from Central America. Most of them are in Fairfax County, Virginia, and the Maryland counties of Prince George's and Montgomery. There are also hundreds of very young mothers who made that journey with one or more children and now call the area home. The move can be diff...
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In the rotunda of Baltimore City Hall, a dozen Latino teenagers talk in excited voices. They're members of the Mi Espacio afterschool program, and they're clustered around half a dozen bilingual posters that will soon be all over the city. ...
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The grill at Café Azul in Hyattsville, Maryland, is red hot. For the past six years this Venezuelan eatery has catered to a small but growing immigrant community that's hungry for traditional arepas and cachapas — white and yellow corn cakes stuffed with meats and cheeses. "We have customers that come from Howard County, Annapolis, Virginia, Manassas, Reston, from Delawar...
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Metro Connection Segments Kids Live History At One-Room Seneca Schoolhouse In Maryland ...
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In a penthouse apartment in Bethesda, there are the sounds of a fandango — a Spanish dance tune — coming from a chanter, the part of a bagpipe used for the main melody of a song. On its own, it's kind of like a flute. But this chanter belongs to a gaita — that's what bagpipes are called in Spain. And the performer is Carlos Núñez, one of the best gaita players in the ...
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Protesters used a D.C. police oversight hearing on Tuesday to denounce policing tactics they termed heavy-handed and racist. About a dozen activists with the group D.C. Ferguson sat in the audience and held up signs that said "Stop jump-outs," referring to the term used by many in the city's African-American community to describe both undercover cops and the tactic of pilin...
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A nationwide operation conducted last week by Immigration and Customs Enforcement has captured more than 2,000 criminal aliens who the agency says posed a risk to public safety. More than 50 arrests were made in Virginia, around three-dozen in Maryland and a handful in ...
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Federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement says a nationwide operation conducted last week has captured more than 2,000 criminal aliens whom the agency says posed a risk to public safety. A significant portion of those apprehensions were in the D.C. area. More than 50 arrests ...