Dan Brannan, Content Director

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Dan Brannan is Content Director of RiverBender and EdGlenToday.com. Dan started at Riverbender.com/Edglentoday.com in December 2014. 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 Maryville. Dan has two children in college - Savannah and Sierra.

ALTON - Alton Police Chief Marcos D. Puldo provided information about an investigation that occurred Tuesday afternoon in Alton. "At 4:02 p.m. on October 19, 2021, while conducting an investigation, Alton Police officers attempted to take a male subject into custody in the area of Spring Street,...
GLEN CARBON - Creepy Clowns are a scary theme that many utilize during area Halloween displays. The Garde family at 54 Oakshire Drive West in Glen Carbon have a Creepy Clowns theme deluxe this year. Jeff Garde described their display as filled with creepy clowns and also a headless horseman....
ALTON - Senior Monica Wendle is the type of student-athlete any coach would love to have on their team. She is not only an exceptional tennis player but a straight-A student and a positive, solid leader for the Marquette Catholic tennis girls. Monica qualified for the IHSA Class 1A State Tennis...
GODFREY - The Great Pumpkin has risen again in Godfrey in the Eichen backyard garden. David Eichen, an Alton Fire Department battalion chief, loves growing pumpkins and gourds for Halloween time. This year, he grew two monsters, one as of last week not completely developed, but the other he believes...
ALTON - Alton's Rocky Pardo is a local artist who has developed a strong reputation for her quality work. At the Edwardsville Arts Fair recently, she won the coveted Best Of Show honor out of an abundance of artists. Pardo said she loved the Edwardsville Arts Fair. "It was great talking t...
ALTON - Marquette Principal Bobbi Fleming today provided some good information in regard to the three students injured in a serious crash on Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021, when they went off an overpass at Highway 367 and Lindbergh in North County. Fleming said the following: "the students are doing better...
ALTON - It has been a long 42-year-old love affair for Linda McCormick and the Cookie Factory and her customers. Linda plans to retire at the end of the year, but she is in the process of trying to sell her business so it will continue at Alton Square Mall. Today, she has both upstairs and downstairs...
JERSEY - The Jersey Community High School freshman-sophomore football team finished with a perfect 8-0 mark under Coach Chris Skinner after a 50-12 win over Civic Memorial. The Panthers had a very difficult schedule with wins over Triad, Marion, and Waterloo, all with solid records this season....
ALTON - A driver escaped a fully engulfed car fire around 8 a.m. Tuesday in the 300 block of Oakwood Avenue in Alton. The Alton Fire Department arrived quickly to extinguish the out-of-control blaze. The driver was reported outside of the car and appeared to be OK after the firefighters arrived at...
EDWARDSVILLE - Chloe Koons qualified for the Class 2A state tournament by winning the singles, the doubles team of Hannah Colbert and Alyssa Wise won the title, Triad's Jocelyn Carmody and Marquette Catholic's Monica Wendle went through in the Class 1A singles and both the doubles teams fro...