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.

BETHALTO - Civic Memorial head football coach Mike Parmentier and his Eagles appear to be primed for an outstanding 2021 fall gridiron season. CM's football squad defeated Marquette Catholic 48-7 this past Friday at Public School Stadium. CM quarterback Bryer Arview was fantastic, and was 11 of 1...
SPRINGFIELD – Madison County's COVID-19 positivity rate dipped to 6.68 percent average over seven days this week, down from recent weeks. The positivity rate in other areas in the region are as follows: Calhoun County, 5.56 percent, Macoupin County 6.42 percent, Jersey 7.53 percent and St...
PRAIRIETOWN - A special GoFundMe has been established to help purchase a new LUCAS machine for Prairietown Volunteer Fire Department. The funds raised from the present GoFundMe will be combined with a special donation by Randy Luttrell, who credits the device and quick response of the fire department...
ALTON - Marquette Catholic successfully opened its 2021 fall season with a dominating win over East Alton-Wood River on Tuesday at Gordon Moore Park Simpson Tennis Courts. Marquette head coach Mike Walters said his team played well in their opener. He also commended the East Alton-Wood River girls...
TUESDAY, AUGUST 31 SPORTS ROUNDUP GIRLS GOLF MARQUETTE CATHOLIC 160, JERSEY 201, CIVIC MEMORIAL 223, ROXANA 239, HILLSBORO 249: Marquette's Gracie Piar was the medalist with a three-under-par 33 for nine holes as the Explorers took a five-team meet at Spencer T. Olin Golf Course at Gordon...
ALTON - State Farm Agent Cynthia Means, an Alton native, is hosting a "Party in the Park" this Sunday night from 4 to 8 p.m at James Killion Park at Salu. Means recently completed sponsorship, along with other locals, of a Saturday Movie Night at Killion Park that was highly successful. Means is...
ST. LOUIS - Worries about gas prices and availability have risen since Hurricane Ima struck the Louisiana coast this past week. Ida, which came onshore as a major hurricane on Sunday, impacted gas and oil production in the Gulf Coast. But, as of now, AAA anticipates operations could resume for many...
EDWARDSVILLE – City of Edwardsville Administrator Kevin Head announced today a policy change for all city employees related to COVID-19 vaccination requirements. He said the COVID-19 vaccine now will be required of all City of Edwardsville employees. "Given the importance of the continuity...
GLEN CARBON - Glen Carbon Police Chief Todd Link and other officers are taking seriously a recent house camera video in the Lakewood Subdivision that shows the report of a coyote attack on a pet. Village of Glen Carbon Mayor Bob Marcus said the report of the attack was reported to police two or...
ROXANA - Cheree (C.J.) Ross is a junior volleyball star and multi-sport athlete for the Shells. Ross, a Roxana girls setter, is a key cog to the Shells' girls volleyball offensive setups and plays throughout each match. C.J. is also an incredible student with a 3.8 GPA on a 4.0 scale and is ranked...