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.

GODFREY - Another round of the Village of Godfrey Vouchers Program begins today on Riverbender.com. The Village of Godfrey Stimulus Program distributed thousands back into the Godfrey economy for local businesses. The program has been done in partnership between the Village of Godfrey and Riverbender.com....
ALTON - Alton School District 11 announced Thursday it will begin providing in-person instruction five-days-a-week for K-12 students on Monday, March 15. "While we continue to monitor our regional and local COVID-19 metrics, the consistent and continued improvement of our community and school district...
EDWARDSVILLE - Senior Owen Gruben won the 50- and 100-yard freestyle races, while freshman Cohen Osborn took the 500-yard freestyle and 100-yard butterfly as Edwardsville won its second straight dual meet over O'Fallon 113-63 on Tuesday evening at the Chuck Fruit Aquatic Center. The Tigers won...
ALTON - On Friday, February 26, 2021, based on the outstanding work of the Alton Police Department Narcotics Unit, the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office charged Dane C. Tannler, 38, of the 300 block of Dry St., Alton, with nine felony offenses. Tannler is currently in custody...
GODFREY - The Madison County Sheriff’s Office, Godfrey Fire Protection members and Alton Memorial Ambulance responded to a serious single-vehicle traffic crash at 1:23 a.m. Friday, Feb. 26, in the 8800 block of Godfrey Road. Madison County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Will Dimitroff said i...
ALTON - Alton High School's band, orchestra and choir has ranked with the best in the state for decades. In typical Alton High fashion, multiple students were selected to the Illinois Music Educators Association 2021 All-State Festival. The Alton High students selected are as follows: Morgan...
EAST ST. LOUIS - A male was pronounced dead at the scene after a fatal crash at 4:45 a.m. Friday, Feb. 26, 2021, on the ramp from Illinois Route 3 northbound to Interstate 64 westbound/Interstate 55 southbound, East St. Louis in St. Clair County. Preliminary investigative details indicate the following...
EDWARDSVILLE - Ariana Bennett's lay-up with 2.1 seconds left in regulation tied the game, and Elle Evans hit a pair of clutch threes in overtime to help Edwardsville come from behind to defeat O'Fallon 67-62 in a Southwestern Conference thriller at Lucco-Jackson Gym. The Tigers rallied fro...
EDWARDSVILLE - The Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce recently celebrated the grand opening of a brand-new clinic - Behavioral Perspective, Inc. - serving children and families with autism and other special abilities. Behavioral Perspective Inc. (BPI) is now open at 117 Glen Crossing Road...
COTTAGE HILLS - Multiple Madison County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a 911 call on Rose Avenue in Cottage Hills Thursday morning after a call about an unresponsive infant. Madison County Sheriff's Office Capt. Will Dimitroff said the sheriff's office is investigating the death of the "unresponsive...
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