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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.

MARYVILLE - The Maryville Police Department announced that a 61-year-old man, who appears to have been homeless, was struck and killed at 8:36 p.m. Sunday after a pedestrian vs. vehicle crash. The Maryville Police Department and Fire Department responded to a crash involving a pedestrian vs. vehicle...
EDWARDSVILLE - A sign has gone up at the edge of Edwardsville Crossing that says: TJ Maxx is coming soon. On Monday afternoon it was confirmed that is true. TJ Maxx will occupy the old Office Depot space in Edwardsville Crossing next to Dierberg’s, Walt Williams, economic/community development...
EAST ALTON - The East Alton Fire Department received a new Rescue/Pumper last week. The new Rescue/Pumper manufactured by Ferrara Fire Apparatus, Inc., arrived on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017. East Alton Fire Chief Rodney B. Palmer said the new apparatus is a full custom build, built to East Alton Fire Department’...
EDWARDSVILLE – Mary Byron, of Edwardsville, left a legacy of being an advocate for people with disabilities in school and in life in general. For 20-25 years, Byron served on the IMPACT board and she left a permanent positive impact on Cathy Contarino, now IMPACT CIL executive director. Mary die...
ALTON – Alton Police and Firefighters responded to a three-vehicle accident at 11:54 a.m. Friday at Rock Springs Drive and Brown Street in Alton. One male was transported to the hospital and his wife remained with him on the ride, Alton Fire Department Battalion Chief Tom House said. As of 9 p.m...
BOYS SWIMMING AND DIVING EDWARDSVILLE 105, O'FALLON 78: Edwardsville won six of the nine events on the evening and swept the three relays as the Tigers defeated O'Fallon 105-78 Thursday night at Chuck Fruit Aquatic Center. The win ran the Tigers' dual-meet record to 5-0 on the year; the Panthers fel...
SAN MARCOS, TEXAS - Lt. Dennis Gutierrez with the Hays County Sheriff’s Office in San Marcos, Texas, issued the following information in a press release after Alton Police Department officers and U.S. Marshals stopped and apprehended a suspect after a short vehicle pursuit around 8 Friday morning...
ALTON - Alton Police and U.S. Marshals apprehended a suspect sought by the U.S. Marshals around 8:30 a.m. on Friday at 12th and Alby Street in Alton. Police and marshals on the scene said the suspect was wanted by the U.S. Marshals on a warrant out of Texas. The newer model black Altima Nissan driven...
ST. LOUIS – The National Weather Service issued a dense fog advisory this evening for Madison, Macoupin, Jersey, Greene and Calhoun Counties. The Illinois State Police is advising that motorists should drive with care and slow down this evening with the rain and fog. The National Weather Service...
ALTON - An older model black Impala collided with a white bus just after 2 p.m. Thursday in the 2800 block of East Broadway in Alton and one person on the bus was transported to a local hospital. The Alton Police said at the scene the black Impala suffered “excessive front-end damage.” Th...
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