Liam Elder-Connors

Morning Edition Producer

Liam is VPR's News Producer for Morning Edition.

He joined VPR in 2015 as a board operator, announcer and producer before taking on the role of Morning Edition producer in September 2016. Along with Morning Edition Host Mitch Wertlieb, he works to report and produce compelling, informative and interesting newscasts and features each weekday morning.

Liam graduated from St. Michael's College in 2014 with a degree in journalism and music. Prior to joining VPR, he worked at a record store in Burlington and was the station manager at WWPV, St. Michael's radio station.

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In the three months since President Donald Trump's inauguration, some advocacy groups have seen an uptick in people who want to get involved in their organizations. The groups say that the next step is keeping those people involved in social activism. 

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After the election of President Donald Trump, Dartmouth professor of government Brendan Nyhan warned of the possible erosion of democratic norms. Now, as we reach the 100-day mark of the Trump Administration, VPR is checking back in with Nyhan for his thoughts on how the administration is faring so far.

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Saturday, April 29 marks 100 days since Donald Trump was sworn as the 45th president of the United States. VPR spoke to Vermont’s congressional delegation to get their thoughts on how the first three months of Trump’s presidency have gone.

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This Saturday marks President Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office. VPR spoke to David Sunderland, chair of Vermont's Republican Party, for his perspective on the first 100 days of the new administration.

The Vermont Senate passed a bill legalizing marijuana Friday in a 21-9 vote, but that doesn't mean the path is clear for legal marijuana in this state.

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In 2011, Andrew Forsthoefel graduated from Middlebury College and faced a common question: What to do next? Forsthoefel decided he would walk across the country.

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The continuing opioid crisis across the nation is prompting calls for action and change. In Vermont, new rules outlining how doctors prescribe opioids to patients in need of pain relief are set to take effect on July 1.

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An offshoot of a Vermont-based nonprofit is helping young athletes in Cuba with some critical improvements to the places they play. And we're not talking about baseball.

Republican Gov. Phil Scott made headlines when he signed a bill designed to limited Vermont's cooperation with federal immigration authorities. Still, some advocates in Vermont say the bill doesn't go far enough in preventing state agencies from helping out U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE.

The University of Vermont announced Tuesday the creation of a university-wide environmental institute.

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Two young boys learn about death and mercy on a camping trip, a fishing guide contemplates and crosses a dark line during an excursion with a rich, entitled client and a teenager following the Grateful Dead for a summer tour plunges into a frightening drug addled spiral.

These are just some of the characters searching for truth and meaning in life and death in the new short story collection by Vermont author Tim Weed.

South Burlington residents have voted down the school budget for a second time.

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On Monday, Burlington's Mayor Miro Weinberger gave his State of the City speech, setting his goals and priorities for the Queen City over the next year. VPR spoke to Weinberger to learn more about his vision.

There are races this year for four of Burlington's 12 city council seats. Three incumbents are running, including City Council President Jane Knodell.

In the 1960s and 1970s, Dartmouth College buried lab animals, human tissues and other medical waste at Rennie Farm. Today some drinking water in the areas around Rennie Farm has been contaminated with 1,4 dioxane, a suspected carcinogen.

The Chittenden County State’s Attorney will dismiss 14 pending cases after a Burlington police officer resigned amid allegations of perjury. The county prosecutor says she can no longer rely on that officer as a witness.

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The new owners of the Hardwick Gazette plan to continue the paper's focus on local events, and take their cues from their readers.

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The anticipated arrival of F-35 fighter jets has residents near Burlington International Airport concerned about how much noise the jets will generate. And there have been questions about the availability of sound maps that show how jet noise will affect homes around the airport.

The golden dome of the Vermont Statehouse with a blue sky background.
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It’s been five weeks since lawmakers kicked off the 2017 legislative session, meaning the session is about a quarter over. Here are three issues that lawmakers are trying to tackling this year.

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