Dan Brannan, Content Director

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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 - A hometown Alton area boy has now grown up through the law enforcement ranks from explorer to police chief of the city. Wednesday night, Marcos Pulido, 42, was appointed the next Alton Police Chief and he will fill the position of Chief Jason “Jake” Simmons, who is retiring. T...
ALTON - Jason Simmons has lived the non-stop, on-call life of a police officer for three-plus decades. Alton Police Chief "Jake" Simmons is one person who can always be found in uniform. At almost any big crime or serious situation, Simmons was there as a calming force for not only officers but bystander...
GRANITE CITY - A gas line was struck near Illinois Route 162 and Maryville Road in Granite City on Thursday morning and there was a mass evacuation in the area. Granite City Fire Department, Granite City Police and Ameren Illinois were all dispatched to the scene. Neighbors who witnessed the...
MEDORA - Illinois State Police is investigating a fatal traffic crash that occurred at 4:37 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, at Illinois 267 at Illinois 111 in Medora. Matthew E. Grizzle, a 28-year-old male from Fidelity - was airlifted to a regional hospital with life-threatening injuries where...
ALTON - A second Good Samaritan appeared in the region Thursday, this time in the form of an off-duty Edwardsville firefighter. The off-duty firefighter was driving by the 4300 block of Thadway in Alton when he saw flames coming from the back of a house. He immediately dialed 911 for fire department...
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported five additional COVID-19-related deaths in Madison County. The Madison County deaths were as follows: 1 male 50s, 2 males 70s, 1 female 80s and 1 male 80s. IDPH announced 2,257 new confirmed cases of coronavirus...
ALTON - Two cars collided at Main Street and Edwards Street in Alton around 11:30 a.m. Thursday. One person was transported to a local hospital with injuries by Alton Fire Department Rescue, but was conscious and alert at the scene. Both vehicles in the crash suffered damage. ...
BETHALTO - A suspect - Leland T. Scoggins of East Alton - is in custody and charged with one count of burglary after quick Bethalto Police Department investigative work during the morning hours of Tuesday, Sept. 22. Bethalto Police Department was called to the area of Illinois Route 140 and South...
EDWARDSVILLE - A Good Samaritan performed a life-saving act at 12:35 a.m. Thursday in the 5500 block of Tiger Road in Edwardsville when he noticed a strange light in a house next to him and he discovered it was a fire. The man quickly worked to wake up the family of three, one pregnant, help them...
ALTON - A suspect, while displaying what appeared to be a firearm, robbed Phillips 66 at 1660 East Broadway Ave. in Alton at approximately 7:12 a.m. Wednesday. With the assistance of witnesses, Alton Police officers and detectives were able to locate and detain a suspect. The investigation is...
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