Mike DeArmond, BJ ’72, retired as a sports writer for the Kansas City Star on Feb. 11. In his reporting career, he was one of the first journalists on the scene and wrote the front-page story of the tragic skywalk collapse at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on July 17, 1981. He covered eight Olympic games in his four decades at The Star, and he wrote about the Royals in the early 1980s, including George Brett’s bid in 1980 to become the first .400 hitter in Major League Baseball since the late, great Ted Williams (.406) in 1941. DeArmond also served time as an editor at the newspaper, as an assistant city editor when there was both a morning and evening edition of the newspaper, and as an assistant sports editor.
Updated: February 15, 2012