Armando Trull, Former Senior Reporter for Race and Identity, WAMU 88.5 FM
Armando Trull is an EMMY award winning multimedia journalist and strategic communications consultant based in Washington DC since 1992. He provides senior level guidance on media relations; public-affairs issues affecting the Latino community and other communities of color; multi-platform outreach and communications campaigns; direction/production of bilingual radio and tv spots and planning/coordination of media events.
Between 2011 and 2018, he was a Senior Reporter for Race and Identity at WAMU 88.5 FM, the NPR news station in the nation’s capital. WAMU is the highest rated public radio station in the country, consistently ranked #1 in the DC region. Trull’s name is among the most recognized by WAMU’s audience of almost 1 million influential listeners. His work, in both English and Spanish, has been seen, heard, and read by millions on National Public Radio; the Huffington Post; El Tiempo Latino/Washington Post; CBS TV /Washington DC, Univision and Telemundo. He has decades of experience and contacts among DC media and opinion-shapers.
Armando has traveled throughout the US, Central and Latin America, Europe and the Middle East to cover a broad range of stories from mass migrations, refugee centers and transnational gangs to wars, natural disasters, protests and major sporting/entertainment events. Those multimedia stories have aired on WAMU 88.5/NPR DC; Here and Now; as well as on TV and the internet. His work in Washington DC has taken him to the White House, Congress and a handful of major federal agencies including the Pentagon and the State Department as well as to embassies, the OAS, the UN and international entities such as the Inter-American Development Bank. He is a member of the National Press Club.
Armando was honored in 2017 by the National Association of Hispanic Journalists for “Excellence and Impact in the DC region and Beyond”. El Tiempo Latino named Armando among the Top 100 people influencing the Washington DC region’s Latino community. He was named “Best on Scene Reporter” in 2015 by Washingtonian Magazine and in 2014 the Washington Post called him “WAMU’s Mouth of the Morning” for his morning drive coverage of the metro DC area. He has extensive experience covering Education and LGBTQ issues as well. He is an experienced scriptwriter, speechwriter and director/editor for radio, television and multimedia content.
Armando is a frequent guest on local and national radio programs where he discusses Central American migration, US immigration policy, transnational gangs and the Latino immigrant communities in the US. He has lectured on these issues at American University, George Washington University, Catholic University, Marymount University, St Mary’s College and Madrid’s Cervantes Institute. He has delivered keynote addresses at graduation ceremonies at DAR Constitution Hall and hosted/emceed literary, cinematic, political and cultural events at many local venues such as Busboys and Poets and the Spanish Cultural Institute.
Armando has been recognized with a “Distinguished Immigrant” Award by the American Immigration Council and a Saul Solorzano “Justicia Award” by CARECEN for his coverage of immigrant and refugee issues. He has participated in fellowships at the Aspen Institute, the John Jay School of Criminal Justice and the Poynter Institute for Media Studies.
Armando is involved in private philanthropic work with Latino immigrant youth locally and in disadvantaged crime ridden communities in Central America. He lives in Takoma DC with his Havanese Babalu and Lhasa Apso Bruja. He cooks and hosts dinner parties for friends and even frenemies as often as he can.