Dan Brannan, Content Director

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Dan Brannan is Content Director of RiverBender and EdGlenToday.com. Dan started at Riverbender.com/Edglentoday.com in December 2014. 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 Maryville. Dan has two children in college - Savannah and Sierra.

EAST ST. LOUIS - East St. Louis brought another boys' state track and field title home on Saturday. The Flyers were the IHSA Class 2A State Champions on Saturday with 50 points. Mascoutah placed second at 41 points. Third place went to Benton at 33 points, and Glen Ellyn Glenbard South and Burban...
EDWARDSVILLE - Sophomore pitcher Tony Eberlin pitched a magnificent game in the IHSA Class 4A baseball regional final on Saturday morning, allowing only a sixth-inning single by Jack Twenhafel, and struck out 12 as the Tigers won over O'Fallon 4-0 at Tom Pile Field. Edwardsville gave Eberlin all...
EDWARDSVILLE - Jack Puente scored on an error by the shortstop on a grounder hit by Deon Harrington with the winning run in the top of the eighth to give Alton a big 4-3 win over Belleville West in the final of the IHSA Class 4A Alton regional Saturday morning at Roy E. Lee Field at the Simmons Baseball...
DECATUR - Senior Jacquelin Anderson, of Glen Carbon and an Edwardsville High School graduate, received the prestigious Big Blue Award for her women's basketball team at the close of this season. Anderson also received her fourth letter for the Millikin University women's basketball squad. The Millikin...
SHIPMAN/JERSEYVILLE - Memorial Day Tributes honoring men and women who lost their lives defending America's freedom are set for Monday, May 27, 2024, in both Jerseyville and Shipman. The ceremony in Shipman is at noon at the Shipman Area Park Pavilion. There will be a keynote speaker at the event,...
EAST ALTON - The East Alton Police provided a more detailed account of what occurred on Thursday, May 23, 2024, when a shootout with police and a subsequent death by an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound occurred in East Alton. The East Alton Police said that at 7 p.m. on May 23, 2024, they receive...
EDWARDSVILLE - Alton High School Athletic Director Christopher Kusnerick announced with the rain forecast for during the day Friday and evening, they have decided to move the 10 a.m. regional championship baseball game on Saturday, May 25, 2024, between Alton and Belleville West to Southern Illinois...
EDWARDSVILLE - Grace Oertle his a three-run homer off the top of the fence in left-center field in the opening inning to get things started for Edwardsville's softball team, with Riley Nelson pitching a solid 6.2 innings. The Tigers had a big scare in the seventh inning, with Belleville West rallying...
EAST ALTON — A man has died in East Alton at a trailer home inside the 200 block of Lakeside Avenue on Thursday, May 23, 2024, after a standoff with police. The police have said the man died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. The police also reported that no officers were injured....
CHICAGO - Marquette Catholic boys tennis players Bradley Bower and Thomas Wendle remain alive in the IHSA Class 1A State Boys Tennis Tournament in the Chicago area. Bower-Wendle lost to Michael Cagle and Keegan Weber of Herrin High 6-2, 6-4 in their first match on Thursday, May 23, 2024, at state....
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