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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 - Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties announced today Edwardsville’s top listing, sales agent and sales team of the month. Listing Agent of the Month, Sandie LaMantia, and Sales Agent of the Month, Cathleen Keasey, topped the list while Betsy Butler and Karen Marcus...
EDWARDSVILLE - Edwardsville Fire Station No. 3 was officially unveiled to the public on Saturday with a large turnout of city officials and community members. Edwardsville Fire Chief Rick Welle guided the dedication ceremony. He pointed out during the dedication that the response time to SIUE and...
WOOD RIVER - Meyer Jewelry Studio on East Ferguson Avenue in Wood River is marking 45 years in business this year. Jim Meyer, owner, prides himself on his service and products he sells. Kristen’s Hair Studio, owned and managed by his daughter, Kristen Gowin, is located with Meyer at 40 E. Ferguson. Jim...
SEE GLOBAL BREW EARTH DAY VIDEO BELOW EDWARDSVILLE - The Global Brew Earth Day Festival at Edwardsville City Park brought in a large crowd and a a spotlight to the day with entertainment. All proceeds from the festival benefited the Better Place to Play foundation. Sarah Rybicki, one of...
JERSEYVILLE - Nothing seems to stop Jersey’s Bethany Muenstermann these days. Muenstermann led the Panthers to a 10-0 victory over Carrollton in five innings Friday with a 3-for-3 day with three doubles, three RBI and a run scored. Muenstermann held the Hawks to four hits on the mound. Jersey’s...
EDWARDSVILLE - The Edwardsville Police Department is known for its service well beyond the normal routine of being officers, and it showed once again at Culver’s this week. Edwardsville Police Department members held its annual ButterBurgers and Badges Special Olympics fundraiser at Culver’s...
ALTON - Kellie Mans has been a contributor in middle distances and relays for the Alton Redbirds for the past two seasons, but Tuesday, she had a break-out day in the 400 meters, blazing around the track for a time of 1:00.0. Kellie, the sister of the Redbirds' high jump star, Katie, defeated J. Turne...
EDWARDSVILLE - Edwardsville’s distance- and middle-distance crew continue to spark the girls track team to success and on Thursday in the Alton Invitational, those girls led the squad.Edwardsville placed third in the Alton Invitational team standings, behind O’Fallon (183), East St. Louis...
HARDIN - The Calhoun boys baseball bats were hot in an 11-1 home victory in six innings over rival Greenfield on Thursday at Hardin. A.J. Hillen led the hit parade with a 2-for-4 day with two doubles, three RBIs and a run scored. Easton Clark, Reese Friedel and Wes Klocke also smacked two hits for th...
SOFTBALL CALHOUN 18, GREENFIELD 3 (5 INNINGS) HARDIN - Calhoun's girls trounced Greenfield 18-3 at Hardin on Thursday night. Grace Baalman picked up the win for the Warriors. Calhoun is 19-5 with the win. The Warriors are slated to play at Jersey on Friday and at Pleasant Plains on Saturday, bu...
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