James F. Muench, Author and Journalist
Now OATS Transit's marketing and communications coordinator, James F. Muench is also an author, long-time free-lance journalist and instructor of English, journalism and strategic communication.
His career as an educator includes teaching assignments at Columbia College, the University of Missouri, Lincoln University, Stephens College and Westminster College. In addition, he has substituted in all of Columbia (Mo.)'s public high schools and taught English and Speech/Debate for a year at North Callaway High School in Kingdom City, Mo.
His third book, The Historic 1830s German Immigration to Missouri, co-authored with three historians from the St. Louis area, was published in January 2016. His first nonfiction book, Five Stars: Missouri’s Most Famous Generals, was published by the University of Missouri Press in 2006. His first novel, The Teutonic Cross, was published in 2013.
The historic mystery adventure novel follows the story of Heinrich Kueter, a young history professor who solves the murder of a Chinese exchange student, finds love and fights racism in a small Missouri college town on the eve of World War I.
Muench offers an extensive background of experience writing in many genres, from newspaper and magazine journalism to playwrighting. Five Stars was recognized by the Missouri Writers Guild, and his award-winning play, "The Eye of the Sun," received three staged readings at Rockhurst College, the Missouri Playwrights Workshop and William Woods University.
OATS Inc. Hires New Marketing Communications Coordinator
January 8, 2021
COLUMBIA, Mo. – OATS Inc. has named Jim Muench as its new Marketing and Communications Coordinator.
Based at OATS Transit’s headquarters in Columbia, Muench will promote the work of the company, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2021. OATS Transit is the largest rural transportation provider in the entire United States and has received many awards over the last 50 years.
“I like to do something that matters,” Muench said. “Working for OATS Transit provides an opportunity to help an organization that fills a vital societal need, transporting people who otherwise might be stuck at home.”
A graduate of Westminster College and the Missouri School of Journalism, Muench has worked for thirty years in Mid-Missouri as a strategic communicator and journalist – both on a free-lance basis or as an employee of such organizations as the MU News Bureau, Westminster College, and the State of Missouri’s Division of Energy and Department of Economic Development. An author with three published books, he has taught English, journalism or strategic communication at several area colleges and high schools including Columbia College, the University of Missouri, Lincoln University, Westminster College, Stephens College, Moberly Area Community College and North Callaway High School.
OATS Inc. (d.b.a. OATS Transit) is a 501c3 corporation governed by a volunteer board of directors from around Missouri. The company specializes in transportation for senior citizens, people with disabilities, and the rural general public of any age. The organization serves 87 Missouri counties with a staff of more than 650 employees. Last year, the company provided more than a million trips for Missourians. Individuals wanting to find out about utilizing OATS Transit services can call the local office at 573-449-3789.
“Enhancing quality of life by providing safe, caring & reliable transportation services.”
James F. Muench