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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.

ALTON – Those driving northbound or southbound on U.S. 67 on the Clark Bridge in Alton will encounter some issues during the day beginning Tuesday and stretching to April 5. The Illinois Department of Transportation announced periodic daytime lane restrictions to begin between 7:30 a.m. and 3...
EDWARDSVILLE – Edwardsville Fire Department, the Illinois State Police and Alton Memorial Ambulance were dispatched to a head-on collision at Illinois Route 159, roughly a quarter mile southwest of Fox Creek at 10:30 a.m. Monday. “Somehow, the two vehicles crossed over and hit head on,”...
ALTON – Hull Property Group, LLC, is proposing tearing down the Macy’s Building at Alton Square Mall and developing the acreage with some new anchor stores and adding a long-awaited movie theater for Alton as part of the plans in the old Sears building. Alton Mayor Brant Walker said he couldn’...
EDWARDSVILLE - The deadline for the Spring Edwardsville Citizen's Police Academy is coming soon. The Edwardsville Police Department is proud to announce that we are accepting applications for the Spring Edwardsville Citizen's Police Academy, and would like to extend an invitation to those interested...
EDWARDSVILLE - The Edwardsville YMCA announced Sunday night at the Annual Edwardsville Breakers Banquet the recipients of the Allison Cassens Foundation Competitive Swimming Scholarship Fund. The scholarship fund was announced for the first time at the banquet and will be administered by the YMCA. First-time...
HARDIN - Law enforcement agencies from Calhoun, Pike County and beyond converged Saturday on a Batchtown residence to execute a search warrant following a probe of the death of Gavin Bland, 35, of Milton, who died March 4, 2017, at his home. The two taken into custody were Derek B. Tepen, 30, and...
ALTON - Alton High School’s boys track team showed some definite bright spots in Friday’s Southwestern Illinois Relays at Edwardsville's Winston Brown Track and Field Complex. Alton coach Jeff White was also pleased with his team's performance. “We did very well, especially with distance...
SEE ALTON HALF-MARATHON VIDEO BELOW: ALTON – The seventh Alton Half-Marathon (13.1 miles) road race took place through downtown Alton Saturday morning, with participants running across the Clark Bridge and through historic venues in Alton along the riverfront. Hannah Polinske, Edwardsville...
JERSEYVILLE – Outrageous Outdoors at 902 South State St. in Jerseyville is offering its Ruger Days event once again, an event that attracts visitors from all around the area and much beyond on Friday, March 31, and Saturday, April 1. Ruger Days runs all day from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on March 31, an...
EDWARDSVILLE - Edwardsville Tigers junior middle distance runner Lorie Cashdollar is already off to solid start in the first two outdoor track and field meets with high goals set for the season. Cashdollar turned in one of the leading performances of any other Edwardsville girl in Friday's Southwestern...
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