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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.

ALTON - Alton High School's varsity boys bowling team rolled to an easy victory over Granite City at Airport Plaza Bowl with a 34-6 victory in a 40-point system on Thursday.Junior Gavin Turner led the way for Alton with a 644 Series. Ricky Hord led the way for Granite City with 660. Total pins for the...
The Art Fahrner Edward Jones Alton High School Athletes of the Month are Gwen Hunter, a senior volleyball player, and Cassius Havis, a sophomore cross country runner.These are the specific accomplishments about both Alton athletes:Gwen Hunter – Senior – Girls Volleyball: This season, Gwen...
GLEN CARBON - A community service effort - Heroes Fighting Hunger Food Drive - is set from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, at the Glen Carbon Police Department.The effort is to drop off non-perishable food items to support the Glen Ed Food Pantry, which serves approximately 300 families a month,...
SEE 1st MidAmerica/Riverbender.com Sky Cam Fall Colors Video Below:ALTON/EDWARDSVILLE - The region is always a bustling place for fall colors and now the leaves are falling to the ground and it is mulching time for most.However, in recent days, the fall colors were vibrant in areas from Hardin to Grafton,...
EDWARDSVILLE - Trinity Lutheran Ministries extremely popular Ugly CHRISTmas Sweater 5K event is set for Saturday, Dec. 9.The race begins at 9 a.m. on Dec. 9, at Trinity Lutheran Ministries at 600 Water St. in Edwardsville. Early-bird registration is $30 and available only until Nov. 24.The event contains...
GODFREY - The RiverBend Growth Association announced the resignation and departure of President Monica Bristow effective Nov. 30, 2017, on Thursday morning. Bristow plans to pursue the Illinois House of Representatives 111th District seat of Rep. Daniel Beiser that will open with his retirement.RBGA...
ALTON - Becky Sancamper, a vice president over non-certified personnel for the Alton School District, had an interesting idea that turned into something that recognized many who deserve the spotlight - Extra Support Personnel.Sancamper is also a clerk within the Alton School District at Lewis & Clark...
PIASA - North Greene and Southwestern battled to the end of a girls basketball contest Tuesday night, with the Spartans escaping with a 44-41 win at Piasa.North Greene’s LaKeleigh Brown had 21 points in the game to top all scorers. Madison Evans and Madison McClenning collected eight and six points,...
ALTON - The Alton Area Optimists presented its 2017 First Responder Awards Tuesday night to eight first responders from the City of Alton, the Village of Godfrey, and the Madison County Sheriff’s Office.The first responders were recognized by the Alton Area Optimists for outstanding achievements...
ALTON - Alton Main Street put out a reminder Wednesday that tickets for the Taste of Downtown Alton Thursday night at Argosy Casino's Music Hall are still available, but only 350 tickets will be sold and they are going fast. The event is set for 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday."For only $15.00, guests can sample...
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