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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.

BOYS BASKETBALLWATERLOO GIBAULT 58, EAST ALTON-WOOD RIVER 36: John Adams had 16 points for Waterloo Gibault as the Hawks defeated East Alton-Wood River in a first-round contest of the Metro East Lutheran tournament Tuesday evening.Justin Englar led the Oilers with 10 points, with Shawn McKee adding seven...
MARQUETTE CATHOLIC 59, MARISSA 32: Jake Hall led with 20 points and Reagan Snider added 12 as Marquette Catholic advanced to the semifinals of the championship bracket of the Metro East Lutheran Thanksgiving Turkey Tipoff Classic Tuesday evening.The Explorers improved to 2-0 on the year and will next...
O'FALLON - EDWARDSVILLE 62, METRO 34: Quierra Love had 18 points to lead Edwardsville to a 62-34 win over Metro of St. Louis in the O'Fallon Tournament Tuesday evening; the Tigers went to 2-0 on the year with a 6:30 p.m. Wednesday tournament finale against McCluer North.Rachel Pranger and Jaylen Townsend...
WAVERLY - North Greene was led by a pair of Madi’s - Madi Evans and Madi McCleanning - in the 31-25 Waverly Tournament win over South County on Monday night.Evans led the team’s scoring with 15 points, McClenning had 7 points, then Madilyn Gilmore had 4 points and Bree Barnard had 3 points...
HAMEL - Trooper Calvin Dye Jr. released official information about the tragic accident this morning.The update in the report says that two died in the crash, a total of 12 were injured and two of the 12 injured in the crash suffered life-threatening injuries.Madison County Coroner Stephen Nonn Wednesday...
HAMEL - Two Staunton sisters have been pronounced dead following an eight-vehicle traffic crash, which occurred Tuesday night along the 27.5 mile marker on southbound Interstate-55 near Hamel. Madisen N. Bertels, 17, and Hailey Joann Bertels, 20, both of Staunton, were killed following the accident....
HAMEL - Illinois State Police Trooper Calvin Dye Jr. reported that a driver of a semi for unknown reasons ran into seven cars on Interstate-55 at the 27.5-mile marker near Hamel at 6:14 p.m. Tuesday, leaving two known dead and 12 transported to an array of area hospitals, some in critical condition.The...
WAVERLY - Hannah Krumwiede, Claire Williams and Marley Mullink pushed the Carrollton Lady Hawks into the Waverly Tourney championship with a combined 39 points in Monday’s 59-22 win over Lutheran.Carrollton plays in the Waverly Tourney title matchup at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday against Auburn. Riverbender.com...
EDWARDSVILLE - Roxana's boys basketball team sports an array of youth, but the Shells started in strong fashion Monday night in the Turkey Tip-Off Tourney at Metro East Lutheran, clobbering Dupo 50-37.Roxana bolted to a 15-14 lead at the end of one, but exploded for 19 points in the second quarter to...
EDWARDSVILLE - Metro East Lutheran dominated Centralia Christ Our Rock Lutheran 74-45 Monday night in the Knights’ Opener in the Turkey Tip-Off Classic at MELHS.The win sent them to the championship bracket quarterfinals, where they take on Roxana at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Hooks Gym on the MEL...
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