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.

GLEN CARBON - For 40 years, the Glen-Ed Food Pantry at 125 5th St. in Edwardsville has served as a huge blessing for those in need of food and other assistance. The pantry was founded in 1980, proudly marking its 40th anniversary this year. Amy Poos is the operations director today for the pantry....
EDWARDSVILLE - The City of Edwardsville announced Friday afternoon it will re-open city-owned buildings for normal business hours on Monday January 25, 2021, following the announcement from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) that Region 4, which includes Bond, Clinton, Madison, Monroe,...
EAST ST. LOUIS - U.S. District Court announced today that Sarah A. Delashmit, 36, of Highland, was sentenced this week to 18 months in federal prison and 3 years of court supervision after her release. Last October, Delashmit pleaded guilty to multiple highly publicized fraud charges after spending...
EDWARDSVILLE - The Edwardsville Police Department released information Friday morning that it had received a complaint of alleged sexual abuse in the city and Madison County State's Attorney Thomas Haine has filed criminal charges against the person allegedly involved. Keeven said the charges allege...
SPRINGFIELD – The Argosy Casino in Alton has permission to reopen after a ruling today about Restore Illinois COVID-19 restrictions by Governor J.B. Pritzker and the IDPH. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced Region 4 (Bond, Clinton, Madison, Monroe, Randolph, St....
ALTON – The West Elementary Gymnasium received a new name Thursday in honor of a longtime Alton teacher and coach - Stan McAfoos. The school district named the gym in memory of McAfoos after receiving unanimous approval from the Alton Board of Education. A small dedication ceremony took...
WOOD RIVER - East Alton-Wood River High School District 14 Superintendent Dr. John Pearson has had a career that spans 40 years in education and 21 years in his present administrator position. When his contract expires on June 30, 2021, Dr. Pearson will officially retire. Dr. Pearson submitted his...
EDWARDSVILLE - Red Hill Church in Edwardsville took a simple concept - providing food to help families during the COVID-19 Pandemic - and made it into an astronomical giveaway of 600,000 pounds from August to December 2020. Red Hill Pastor Rayden Hollis said his church and other volunteers participated...
EAST ST. LOUIS - Two men entered guilty pleas this week to multiple federal charges, including conspiracy to commit bank fraud, bank fraud, and aggravated identity theft. An alert U.S. Bank clerk in Edwardsville helped crack the case with the assistance of Edwardsville Police and U.S. Secret Service...
EDWARDSVILLE - Two vehicles, one a semi-truck, crashed on Interstate-255 near New Poag Road around 1:15 p.m. Thursday. The initial call sounded serious, Edwardsville Fire Department Chief James Whiteford said. He explained two ambulances were sent, but one was called off after firefighters arrived...
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