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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.

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...
GRANITE CITY – Edwardsville's boys volleyball team advanced to their own IHSA sectional tournament as the Tigers eliminated Belleville West, coming from behind twice to defeat their Southwestern Conference rival Maroons 25-22, 25-21 in Wednesday evening's IHSA Granite City regional final at Memorial...
ALTON - Alton Police Chief Jason "Jake" Simmons told Riverbender.com Cameron D. Matlock, 25, was apprehended while "hiding out" in Maplewood, Missouri late Wednesday afternoon.Matlock was charged with one count of first-degree murder, one count of armed robbery and one count of unlawful possession of...
EDWARDSVILLE - Big keys for Edwardville's boys volleyball team all season has been the net play of seniors Nick Allen and Jack Grimm.The two came alive in the first and second games against Granite City with some strong spikes that helped drive home a 25-14, 25-7 victory Tuesday night in the IHSA regional...
WHITE HALL - Nashville musician Dee Rock is a man who keeps his promises.Some North Greene industrial arts students made a trip to Nashville, Tenn., to take Rock a custom-made, patriotic guitar in April of this year. While they were there visiting with them, Rock promised he would play a special concert...
EDWARDSVILLE - A historic congregation in Edwardsville - First Christian Church - is offering a Vacation Bible School in June.First Christian Church is located at 310 S. Main St. in Edwardsville. The Vacation Bible School will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. June 11-15."The VBS is open to all children...
BELLEVILLE WEST 25-29, METRO EAST LUTHERAN 21-27: Metro East Lutheran gave Belleville West a battle, but the Knights fell to the Maroons 25-21, 29-27 in an IHSA Granite City boys volleyball regional semifinal match at Granite City’s Memorial Gym Tuesday evening.The Maroons advanced to take on Edwardsvill...
GRANITE CITY - Edwardsville’s boys volleyball team is headed to the Granite City Regional championship.The Tigers defeated host Granite City 25-14, 25-7 in the regional semifinals on Tuesday night to advance to tonight’s championship against 16-19-1 Belleville West.Granite City stayed close...
MARYVILLE - It was a special day for Kaylee Deatherage Wednesday at Bobby's Frozen Custard as she turned 9, thanks to Illinois State Police Districts 11 and 18 and several other area law enforcement agencies.Trooper Kyle Deatherage, her father, was struck and killed by a tractor trailer while making...
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