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Dan Brannan, Content Director

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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.

JERSEYVILLE - A Jersey County man has been charged with multiple counts of child pornography charges. Officer Amanda Wimmersberg of the Jerseyville Police Department and Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force member, through her investigation, was able to establish that Lance A. Wehrle,...
EDWARDSVILLE – Edwardsville High School freshman sensation Abby Korac is entering the spring track and field season much the way she entered the cross-country season last fall. Korac blazed a time of 2:22.4 to capture the 800-meter run and also posted a solid performance in the 4 x 800-meter relay...
EDWARDSVILLE – Alton High School brought a limited team to a triangular meet with Edwardsville and Collinsville Tuesday at Edwardsville, but the sprint crew continued to shine. Jeanea Epps and Rashia Johnson both had strong outings, Epps winning the 200 in 26.3 and Johnson recording a time of...
ALTON - Actress Jessica Biel made some surprising discoveries about her heritage during a visit to Alton last September. That new information, which changed what she thought she knew about her family’s history, will air as part of TLC’s hit show, “Who Do You Think You Are” Sunday,...
EDWARDSVILLE – Edwardsville’s boys’ volleyball returned home from tough competition in the Joliet West Tourney this past weekend to another difficult team in Belleville East at Edwardsville, but prevailed 25-23, 16-25, 25-20. The win moved the Tigers to 5-2 on the season. Nick Allen...
JACKSONVILLE – In five games to date, there has been nothing to silence the Carrollton baseball Hawks’ bats. The Hawks had a combined .425 batting average going into Tuesday’s game against Greenfield-Northwestern and likely raised it a few points with an 11-0 shutout in five innings...
EDWARDSVILLE – Edwardsville Principal Dennis Cramsey issued a brief release this morning about reports that an Edwardsville High School student made a threatening statement on Snapchat. This was Principal Cramsey’s comment: “You may hear reports that an Edwardsville High School student...
ALTON - Local police departments, along with others in the region, are growing beautiful mustaches during the "Mustache March 4PD" fund-raising campaign, which will soon conclude. Steve Schwegel and a group of business friends and associates came up with the plan for the “Mustache March 4PD”...
EDWARDSVILLE - Edwardsville District 7 Superintendent Dr. Lynda Andre provided a list of four administration appointments for the 2017-2018 school year approved by the Board of Education at Monday night's meeting. 2017-2018 Administrative Appointments "I am pleased to announce four administrative appointment...
EDWARDSVILLE – Edwardsville Frozen Foods at 246 N. Main St. in Edwardsville is changing ownership. The blueprints for Edwardsville Frozen Foods, at 246 N. Main St., were first drawn up in 1947 and now – 70 years later – that blueprint will be updated with the sale of the business t...
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