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.

SEE VIDEO: GODFREY - Margaret Freer and her granddaughters - Taylor and Lily - are still soaking in the success of the Christmas In July last week where $49,612 was raised for Community Christmas. Community Christmas is an annual United Way collection drive for the less fortunate at Christmas...
ALTON - On Tuesday, July 27th, 2021, and Wednesday, July 28, 2021, the Alton Police Department Narcotics Unit, Criminal Investigation Division, and the Street Crimes Unit, and assisted by the U.S. Marshal’s Office, conducted a two-day operation that was focused on subjects who had been involved...
HIGHLAND - The Madison County Fair Queen and Junior Miss Pageant Queen were announced Saturday. The new queen representatives are Miss - Madeline Bouillon and Junior Miss - Kinley Heath. Fair Pageant organizers made this statement: "Thank you to all of our fair queen contestants...
GLEN CARBON - Scooter’s Coffee has opened its business at 4208 Illinois Route-159 in Glen Carbon and already is a hit, owner Robert Semptimphelter said this week. “I always wanted to own my own business,” Robert said. “I did my due diligence phase and my values aligned perfectl...
ST. LOUIS - The St. Louis Cardinals announced Thursday that fans will have to wear a mask while entering or walking around Busch Stadium. The St. Louis Cardinals said the mask requirement also requires fans to wear a mask when entering or walking around the five indoor ticketed club areas: Cardinals...
SEE VIDEO: GODFREY - This is an almost astonishing announcement, but the Freer Auto Body Christmas in July for Community Christmas, led by Taylor and Lily Freer, raised nearly $50,000 today. "With tired but grateful hearts we are pleased to announce we raised $49,612 at Christmas in July...
EDWARDSVILLE - The Madison County Health Department reported two additional deaths in statistics released on Thursday, July 29, 2021. The two deaths were a male in his 80s and a female in her 90s. Madison County has had a total of 537 deaths since the inception of the COVID-19 Pandemic and has had...
ALTON - Alton Fire Department and Alton Police Department responded to a serious crash in the 1100 block of Milton Road in Alton on Thursday afternoon. A driver in one of the vehicles had to be extricated and was injured and taken to a local hospital. The injured person was then airlifted to a St....
EDWARDSVILLE — Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Haine announced Thursday that Noe Duque-Ugarte, 36, of St. Louis, has been charged with five counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child and four counts of criminal sexual assault. Haine thanked the Madison County Sheriff’s...
EDWARDSVILLE - The Madison County Illinois Sheriff's Office received information about child pornography being distributed to online cloud networks, and after gathering evidence and a search warrant in Madison, an 18-year-old has been arrested. The facts of the case were presented to the Madison...
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