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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.

CARLINVILLE - Southwestern’s boys started off strong against Nashville on Friday night, but in the end, couldn’t hang on, losing 52-29 in the IHSA Class 2A Regional championship at Carlinville. The Piasa Birds close an exceptional season under coach Jason Darr with a 19-10 overall record. “I...
BELLEVILLE—The boys’ basketball team at Edwardsville High School played its final game of the regular season Friday night at Belleville East. And if their performance was any indication, the Tigers are ready for big things to happen. Edwardsville scored 59 points in the first half and...
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Family Christian Bookstore is announcing today it will close its doors after 85 years in business. Included in that liquidation is the store at Alton Square Mall. Changing consumer behavior and declining sales led the world’s largest retailer of Christian themed merchandise...
EDWARDSVILLE – This week, the Canadian folk musical group Le Vent du Nord performed for Columbus Elementary students and left them clapping to the rhythm of the music and inspired. The students learned about traditional folk instruments like the mouth harp, hurdy gurdy and accordion. “They...
JERSEYVILLE – Anne Snyders, a state tennis qualifier, is a recipient to the IHSA All-State Academic Team. Nearly 475 nominations were received from IHSA member schools, and Anne Snyders was one of 50 students selected by the evaluation committee for honorable mention recognition. The IHSA had...
ALTON - In times of tight school funding, the Alton Educational Foundation is making a financial difference in the system that few other organizations in other districts can match. Recently, the organization held its Third Annual “Guardians of Education” Breakfast at North Elementary...
EDWARDSVILLE – The Junior Service Club Of Edwardsville/Glen Carbon is an organization that does an immense amount of community service work and provides donations to civic causes in the area each year. One of the major fund-raising events each year is the annual Junior Service League Gala held...
GREENFIELD REGIONAL SEMIFINAL CARROLLTON 62, NORTH GREENE 53: A 14-point run in the final quarter rallied Carrollton past Greene County rival North Greene 62-53 in the semifinals of the IHSA Class 1A Greenfield Regional Wednesday night. The win put the Hawks into Friday's regional final against Winchester...
ALTON - A Volkswagen SUV overturned in a crash with a Ford F-150 truck around 10 a.m. Thursday at 20th Street and Alby Street in Alton. Alton Police and Fire Departments responded immediately to the scene of the accident. Upon their arrival, the Fire Department advised that all involved in the accident...
IHSA CLASS 2A BOYS BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP CARLINVILLE REGIONAL SEMIFINAL PIASA SOUTHWESTERN 49, GILLESPIE 33: Collin Baumgartner's 17 points helped Piasa Southwestern move into Friday's IHSA Class 2A Carlinville Regional final with a 49-33 win over Gillespie Wednesday night. The Birds will face Nashville,...
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