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.

EDWARDSVILLE – Marquette Catholic's senior pitcher Meghan Schorman did almost all the things for the Explorers Friday afternoon at the Edwardsville Sports Complex. Schorman struck out 17 batters and also delivered the game's key hit, a two-run double to left field as Marquette defeated...
GRANITE CITY - An accident Friday afternoon on Illinois Route 3 North temporarily shut down traffic near Weber Chevrolet. Here, a wrecker takes an overturned vehicle away from the scene. After the crash was cleaned up, traffic resumed to normal on Route 3. A report was not yet available for those...
GODFREY - Eighty-percent of the voting members have chosen to ratify the contract with the Alton School District in an Alton Education Association (AEA) membership vote. A vote was taken Friday afternoon and the threat of the potential AEA has ended. While the membership of AEA believed that the...
ALTON - Alton Little Theater has a big way to close its 84th season beginning May 11. ALT will conclude this year with the big-hearted musical "CAMELOT." ALT's Lee Cox said "CAMELOT" is a classic musical, which hopefully will introduce new and even seasoned audiences to a beautiful story set against...
BASEBALL COLLINSVILLE 5, EDWARDSVILLE 4: Braeden Lemp's seventh-inning run gave Collinsville a 5-4 Southwestern Conference win over Edwardsville at Tom Pile Field Thursday afternoon, sending the Tigers to 12-6 overall, 5-4 in the SWC; the Kahoks improved to 13-3 overall, 5-2 in the league....
WOOD RIVER - Wood River Police executed a drug search warrant in the 400 block of Hamilton around 8 a.m. Thursday and multiple people were apprehended. Charges are expected to be announced by Wood River Police Chief Brad Wells Thursday afternoon. “We have been doing undercover drug buys...
ELSAH - People are urged to save the date of the Second Annual Elsah Spring Festival set for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 19, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 20. A variety of local talent will be represented at the festival. Walking history tours of the Village will start at Green Tree Inn....
ALTON - Alton head boys track coach Jeff White is convinced the best is yet to come from his boys track and field team. After a slow time because of bad weather, the Redbirds boys track and field team hosted a freshman-sophomore invitational, then traveled to the Norm Armstrong Invitational...
JERSEYVILLE - Wm. Nobbe & Co., located at 26917 Crystal Lake Road in Jerseyville, has its special Day Of Play planned from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 19. Store Manager Ben Poletti said he is excited about the different activities and plans in place for the Day Of Play. The annual spring...
JERSEYVILLE - Jersey’s softball girls fell 11-9 to Waterloo in a tight game on Wednesday at Jersey. Jersey pounded out 14 hits. Peyton Tisdale had four hits, while Lauren Brown added three hits. Sydney Gillis had two hits. Claire Anderson, Maddie Droege, Grace Sharich, Erika Story and Melissa...
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