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Dan Brannan is Content Director of RiverBender and EdGlenToday.com. He is a graduate of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, IL with degrees in Journalism and Psychology. Having previously served as the Executive Editor of The Telegraph in Alton, his 17-year tenure led the paper to over 350 awards including several General Excellence awards in the Illinois Press Association, Illinois Associated Press, Freedom Communications, Southern Illinois Editorial Association and Journal Register Company contests. Brannan was chosen to lead Freedom Communications' national pilot on social media.

He is the author of eight nonfiction books including: "The Courage to Live," a biography about Donna Gustavel, a young woman with multiple disabilities; "Everyday Angels," an inspirational book of moving human interest stories; "Live Life to the Fullest: Stories of People Coping With Diabetes" which is endorsed by the American Diabetes Association; "Boy Giant: The Story of Robert Wadlow The World's Tallest Man;" "Damn Cold and Starving" written with Sgt. Marion Ray; "You Can't Kill the Dream" co-written with fellow journalist Ande Yakstis; and "A Life in Parts," the story of Loretta Goebel and endorsed by Beatle Paul McCartney.

Dan, an avid exercise enthusiast, is a member of the American Diabetes Association and lives in Glen Carbon with his wife, Michele, and children.

HARDIN - Calhoun pitcher Grace Baalman was the difference in a 1-0 sectional title win over Camp Point Central in eight innings Saturday both on the mound and in the field.The Calhoun star pitcher tossed a no-hitter and scored the winning run in the bottom of the eighth. She struck out 15 Camp Point...
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS – Edwardsville's boys tennis doubles team of Alex Gray and Zach Trimpe are state champions.Gray/Trimpe won their final two matches Saturday to win the IHSA Class 2A doubles title in the state tennis tournament at Arlington Heights Hersey, helping the Tigers to a ninth-place team...
Edwardsville High School held its commencement exercises on May 27, 2017. This is a photo essay of the day....
EDWARDSVILLE - Water Works Swim Club at 401 Harvard Drive in Edwardsville is officially open for the 2017 summer season.The pool opened on Friday and Pool Director of Swimming Bob Rettle and company foresee a great summer ahead."The historic pool is ready to serve the community again in 2017," Rettle...
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS – Edwardsville's doubles team of Alex Gray/Zach Trimpe reached the quarterfinals of the IHSA Class 2A state tennis tournament with a pair of wins Friday. Gray/Trimpe will meet Lake Forest's Jack Armstrong/Connor Polender in the quarters Saturday morning at Arlington Heights Hersey,...
BOYS VOLLEYBALLIHSA EDWARDSVILLE SECTIONAL SEMIFINALO'FALLON 25-26, EDWARDSVILLE 18-24: O'Fallon's boys volleyball team prevailed 25-18, 26-24 in what both coaches called a "high-energy" match Friday in the sectional semifinals at Liberty Middle School in Edwardsville.The loss sent Edwardsville out...
EDWARDSVILLE – Bringing the regional volleyball championship back to Edwardsville meant a lot to senior Will Bode and the other seniors.Last year, Belleville West snapped Edwardsville’s streak of five consecutive boys’ volleyball titles, so the 25-22, 25-21 regional title win carried...
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS – The Jersey doubles team of Drake Blackwell and Trevor Davis have advanced to the third round of their respective championship brackets of the IHSA Class 1A and 2A Tennis Championship in Arlighton Heights.Through Thursday's play, the Explorers stood tied for 21st with four points...
IHSA CLASS 1A HARDIN-CALHOUN SECTIONAL SEMIFINALHARDIN-CALHOUN 14, MENDON UNITY 0 (6 INNINGS): Grace Baalman struck out 15 and conceded two hits as Hardin-Calhoun eliminated Mendon Unity 14-0 in six innings in an IHSA Class 1A Hardin-Calhoun Sectional semifinal Thursday; the Warriors moved to 30-8 on...
O'FALLON – There was significant excitement brewing Wednesday morning when Edwardsville High School hosted a big send-off for the four state tennis qualifiers at the tennis courts.Edwardsville sent the doubles combination of Alex Gray/Zach Trimpe to Arlington Heights, Ill., along with Erik Weiler...
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