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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.

PONTOON BEACH - Madison County Coroner Stephen P. Nonn said Monday that a St. Jacob man died in a one-car crash Saturday (July 22, 2017) evening near Pontoon Beach.The man was Jordan L. Wieda, 25, of St. Jacob. The coroner said Wieda was pronounced dead at the scene at 9:20 p.m. on July 22, 2017, by...
EDWARDSVILLE - Edwardsville was in cleanup mode Monday morning with some serious tree and line damage done by high winds as part of a strong thunderstorm that hit around 3:30 a.m. Sunday.Tree damage was extensive in Edwardsville. Two of the hardest hit areas were the Leclaire and Grandview parts of th...
GRANITE CITY – The past quarter-century has been good to the Sharks of Summersport Swim Club of Godfrey.They've dominated the Southwestern Illinois Swimming Association since winning the league championship in 1993.The Sharks won their 25th straight SWISA championship Sunday afternoon at Granite...
TROY, IL. – After a thorough investigation, Troy Chief of Police Brad Parsons, announced Monday the arrest of Derrick R. Sepp, 41, of Apopka, Fla., for predatory criminal sexual assault and aggravated criminal sexual abuse.During 2002 and 2003, Sepp was in the Troy area and allegedly had sexual...
Ameren Illinois has made significant progress in restoring outages overnight and so far into today.The major wind/rain storm that hit early Sunday morning hit the Ameren Illinois service territory hard early Sunday. More than 35,000 customers have been restored throughout the territory, Ameren officials...
ALTON - The Liberty Bank Alton Amphitheater summer concert series has two highly successful acts appearing Sunday night and on Aug. 5.The Liberty Bank Alton Amphitheater will host Air Supply with opening act Jenni and Dave Duo, with doors open at 6 p.m. and the warmup show starting at 7 p.m.Tickets star...
ST. LOUIS - Excessive heat warnings and advisories continue to grip the region as the weekend looms ahead.Infrared thermometer readings in Downtown Alton on Friday afternoon showed a 157-degree temperature in a sitting parked car and a 135-degree temperature on nearby pavement.Excessive heat warnings...
ALTON – The driver involved in the crash where a car lost control and collided with a pole, then ignited into flames at Landmarks Boulevard and Ridge Street in Alton has died.The driver Tommy G. Thomas, 37, from the 100 block of Shepley Drive in St. Louis, died from injuries that stemmed from th...
EDWARDSVILLE – The new Hansen Meat Co. location in Edwardsville is already a hit with customers.The business recently opened at 1059 Century Drive in Edwardsville and Ryan Hansen, one of the owners, said business has already taken off.The new store is the second to open in the last two years for...
ALTON - A car lost control and collided with a pole, then ignited into a blazing fire before firefighters extinguished it about 1 p.m. on Thursday at Landmarks Boulevard and Ridge Street in Alton.The crash occurred in the Kentucky Fried Chicken/Taco Bell parking lot and workers came out with fire extinguishers...
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