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Madelaine Gerard, Staff Writer

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Madelaine Gerard is a Staff Writer and Photographer for RiverBender.com.

Born in Alton, Gerard has always been a native of the Riverbend. After attending Bethalto Community District No. 8 schools, she went on to attend Southern Illinois University Edwardsville where she received her BA in Mass Communications. She is currently working toward her Master's degree. 

In her free time, Gerard loves to binge-watch television shows on Netflix, go to the movies, and look at funny cat pictures on the Internet.

She currently resides in Cottage Hills, Illinois.  

EDWARDSVILLE - On Tuesday afternoon, 109 fifth grade, middle and high school students arrived at Edwardsville High School to perform beautiful music with one another.At the 2017 District 7 Orchestra Camp, led by Edwardsville High School orchestra director Victoria Voumard, students had the opportunity...
ALTON - In honor of its 78th anniversary, Altonized Community Federal Credit Union hosted its annual Hot Dog Day and Safety Fair event Thursday."At the event, we offer a lunch for our membership to come out and enjoy," Jennifer Spangler, President of Altonized Community Federal Credit Union, said.Guests...
ALTON - From its humble beginnings in Joyce Elliott's backyard in 1991, to a full-scale community gathering at Killion Park at Salu, Alton's 26th Juneteenth Freedom Celebration recognized history and influenced togetherness.Juneteenth celebrations around the country commemorate June 19, 1865, day the...
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WOOD RIVER - On Thursday, Brie Theisen, of Alton, visited the Wood River Aquatic Center with her friend, Kendra Courtoise, hoping to get some relief from the early summer heat.The friends and children enjoyed about an hour at the pool before it came time to feed her 14-month-old daughter, she simply...
WOOD RIVER - A mother's visit to the Wood River Aquatic Center with her 14-month-old daughter to beat the summer heat turned into an upsetting situation Thursday.Brei Theisen, of Alton, was breastfeeding her child at the public pool when she said one of the facility's managers approached her."He said,...
ALTON/EDWARDSVILLE – Cities and villages around the Riverbend and beyond are gearing up for their annual Fourth of July celebrations.You will find a comprehensive list of fireworks displays popping up around the area below. If you would like to add an event to the list, please send the event name,...
ALTON - There's nothing better than kicking back in a lawn chair or on a nice picnic blanket and listening to some great music on a summer evening.This summer, the Upper Alton Association's Rockin' with Robert concert series will return to the area near the Robert Wadlow statue on the SIU School of Denta...
EDWARDSVILLE – Witty Catholic humor is at the forefront of this weekend’s events at the Wildey Theatre, located at 252 N. Main St., in Edwardsville.This Friday and Saturday, enjoy a trip back in time to the good old days of Catholic school with Sister’s Summer School Catechism: God...
JERSEYVILLE - The Jersey Community Hospital (JCH) Ambulance Association is excited to welcome members of the community to its annual Fun, Fast Summer Blast fundraiser.The event, which will occur from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 8, on the Jersey Community Hospital campus at 400 Maple Summit Road...
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