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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.

EDWARDSVILLE - Tickets for the multi-platinum selling band Smash Mouth's performance at Wildey Theatre at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1, will be available first at 10 a.m. Friday, July 21."The 326-seat Wildey Theatre is thrilled to announce the band Smash Mouth will be in concert in the most intimate venue...
HIGHLAND – Cole Hansel and Storm Coffman came up big when the Metro East Bears needed them to in Tuesday's 5-2 win over Aviston in the Illinois American Legion Fifth Division baseball tournament at Highland's Glik Park/Optimist Field.The win sent the Bears into a 7 p.m. Wednesday showdown against...
ALTON - Eric Dickerson, the Alton High School Redbirds football coaching staff and players have worked diligently to improve on a winless season in 2017.The hopes for the Redbirds this fall are much higher after a large group turned out for the team. Through summer sessions, 60-70 players have been practicin...
ALTON - The fourth annual Patches & Badges For Kids Handlebars & Guitars ride for children in need has a 1 p.m. start on Saturday, Aug. 19.The event is sponsored by Ted’s Motorcycle World. Cost is $15 per rider and $5 per passenger.The ride starts at Ted’s Motorcycle World and includes a...
EDWARDSVILLE - Water Works swimmer Matthew Doyle appears to be peaking at the right time this summer.Doyle was one of the top performers for Water Works in a dual meet against Sunset Hills last week. He captured two men’s first places and a second place individually. Doyle was first in the 15-18...
ALTON – Blaine Buente of Troy is heading to the 2017 U.S. Amateur in Pacific Palisades, Calif.Bunte defeated Sam Migdal of Ballwin, Mo., by a stroke to win the U.S. Amateur qualifying tournament at Spencer T. Olin Golf Course at Gordon Moore Park Tuesday, firing a two-day total of 8-under 136,...
EDWARDSVILLE - Josie Bushell, a Water Works and Edwardsville Breakers swimmer, continues to post impressive performances and she won all three of her individual events in a dual meet against Sunset Hills this past week.Now, she and the other Water Works crew are preparing for Sunday’s SWISA Championship...
EAST ST. LOUIS - On Tuesday, July 18, 2017, two New York men were charged with conspiracy to counterfeit, and passing counterfeit United States currency, and one of the men was also charged with making false statements, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Donald S. Boyce, announced...
CHICAGO — Mega Millions interest throughout the region and Illinois will be rising to high levels for the Friday drawing as the jackpot has swelled to $248 million.The Mega Millions jackpot has been rolling since it was last won on Saturday, April 28. The winning numbers from the Tuesday, July...
CARROLLTON - Funeral director Tabitha Brown selected an occupation she believed would combine several of her interests and it has worked out perfectly.Brown has been with the Airsman-Hires Funeral Homes since 2015. She was born and raised in White Hall and graduated from North Greene High School in 2008...
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