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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 – Unusually hot mid-September weather didn't stop Wednesday afternoon's Alton Invitational cross-country meet at Gordon Moore Park.The mid-90s heat with humidity near 50 percent did help meet officials decide to run just two races, one each for boys and girls.Granite City took the boys team...
BETHALTO - Zion Lutheran Church is working with the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod Texas District on an important collection to help get people back in their homes after the Hurricane Harvey devastation.Laura McMillan is coordinating the disaster collection and said they hope by Oct. 1 to have enough...
EDWARDSVILLE - The Tiger Ambush Classic was a large success Saturday with strong marching band competition and 26 high schools competing.This was the 10th Tiger Ambush Classic and since its inception, it has been one of the largest band competitions in the entire Metro East Area. Bands from Illinois...
CARROLLTON - West Central is always a strong opponent for anyone in volleyball and Tuesday at Carrollton, the Wildcats did not quit, and outlasted the Hawks.Carrollton came out on fire and easily stopped West Central 25-13 in the first game. In game two, it was nip and tuck throughout but West Central...
ALTON - There is a special event set for Thursday night to support the All of God’s Children Shall Have Shoes program at Old Bakery Beer at 400 Landmarks Blvd., Alton.Old Bakery Beer Co., always charitable in the community, will donate 25 percent of its beer sales on the evening to the All of God’...
COLINSVILLE - The Illinois State Police and other law enforcement continue to investigate and follow up leads in the recent Casino Queen robbery in East St. Louis.ISP said three men armed with rifles entered the Casino Queen at approximately 2:55 a.m. on Sept. 17, 2017. ISP said gun shots were fired...
EDWARDSVILLE/COLLINSVILLE - Edwardsville's girls tennis team split squads Tuesday for a Southwestern Conference match against Collinsville and a non-conference match against Waterloo.Against the Kahoks, the Tigers took a 9-0 win. Singles winners were: Natalie Karibian, Grace Desse, Abby Cimarolli, Grace...
ALTON - Monday will be another exciting day after the recent of the Multi-Modal Transportation Center unveiling with Alton’s new inclusive playground open for play.The playground will open to the public on Monday after a 9:30 a.m. grand opening ceremony at the new play area at Gordon Moore Park...
ALTON - Alton Mayor Brant Walker confirmed Rothman Furniture & Mattress will close its location in Alton, along with another in O’Fallon, IL., and other outlets in Missouri.He said he learned of the Rothman corporate announcement on Monday and he said he believes the Alton location was doing fine,...
HARDIN – Calhoun faces North Greene in another key WIVC football rivalry game at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Hardin.The Warriors have had tough losses to both Carrollton two weeks ago and last week to Pleasant Hill. Pleasant Hill won the battle of the Oaken Bucket 32-22 at Pleasant Hill this past Friday...
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