Liam Elder-Connors

Reporter

Liam is VPR's reporter covering Burlington and Chittenden County.

He also serves as an occasional fill-in host for Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

Liam  joined VPR in 2015 as a board operator, announcer and producer before spending a year as the Morning Edition producer.  Before switching to full-time reporting in 2018, he was the All Things Considered producer and editor.

Liam graduated from St. Michael's College in 2014 with a degree in journalism and music.

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Skiers on a sunny day at Okemo Mountain Resort.
Okemo Mountain Resort, courtesy

Vail Resorts is acquiring two more East Coast ski mountains: Okemo Mountain Resort in Vermont and Mount Sunapee Resort in New Hampshire.

The VPR-Vermont PBS Poll found that 27 percent of Vermonters are either very likely or somewhat likely to consume cannabis in the near. Of those, about one quarter say their interest is due to the advent of legalization.
Liam Elder-Connors / VPR file

Vermont's marijuana legalization law doesn't create a market to sell it, but that hasn't stopped people from finding ways to capitalize on legal cannabis.

A memorial service for former Gov. Phil Hoff was held Saturday in Burlington at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul. Hoff’s election in 1962 marked the first time in over 100 years that a Democrat held the office.
Liam Elder-Connors / VPR

Close to 300 people attended a memorial service for former Gov. Phil Hoff on Saturday. Hoff died last month at the age of 93.

The Vermont Supreme Court. The Vermont Supreme Court overturned the conviction of a man who left KKK recruitment flyers at the Burlington homes of two women of color. The court said the state failed to prove the action constituted an immediate threat.
John Dillon / VPR File

Last week, the court overturned the conviction of a man who put Ku Klux Klan flyers on the Burlington homes of two women of color. The court said the state didn’t prove the action met the threshold of ‘threatening behavior.’

The town of Colchester is closing the causeway while it assesses damage caused by a storm on Friday.
Liam Elder-Connors / VPR

The popular bike path in Colchester is closed due to damage from Friday's storm.

Maj. Jamie Lewandowski is commander of Charlie Company, the division deploying to perform MEDEVAC operations in Southwest Asia and the Middle East. More than 60 members of the Vermont Air National Guard will depart for the mission in June.
Liam Elder-Connors / VPR

More than 60 members of the Vermont National Guard will deploy this June to Southwest Asia and the Middle East. Deployments typically last a year.

Burlington Code Academy founders (right to left) Alex Horner, Benny Boas and Alex Chaffee hope their company will attract tech workers to the state. Their course teaches computer programing and project management skills.
Liam Elder-Connors / VPR

In 12-weeks you’ll be a software developer. That’s the hope of a Burlington startup that aims to teach students computing coding skills.

Now after months of developing, networking and building their business, the trio behind Burlington's new coding boot camp is ready to welcome their first class in a matter of weeks.

Jack Sawyer sits in Rutland criminal court on Wednesday, April 25.
Robert Layman / Rutland Herald / Pool

Jack Sawyer was released from prison on bail Friday morning. Sawyer is the 18-year old accused of plotting to attack Fair Haven Union High School.

A building on the UVM campus.
Liam Elder-Connors / VPR File

The head coach of the University of Vermont women's basketball team has resigned.

Jack Sawyer sits in Rutland criminal court on Wednesday, April 25.
Robert Layman / Rutland Herald / Pool

On Wednesday morning, a judge in Rutland Criminal Court reduced Jack Sawyer’s bail from $100,000 to $10,000.

Exterior of Community Health Centers of Burlington building.
Liam Elder-Connors / VPR

Community Health Centers of Burlington announced it has reached a landmark in the number of patients served by its program that uses medication to treat opiate addiction.

COTS is using 'trauma-informed design' in how they setup their program spaces. The concept is meant to create and maintain healing environments for people who have experienced trauma.
Courtesy of COTS

Organizations who serve the homeless are working to be more thoughtful in the design of their spaces.

Ryan Mercer / Burlington Free Press, Pool

Tuesday Jack Sawyer's bail was set at $100,000 after the Vermont Supreme Court overruled an initial decision to deny bail.

Vince Dattilio works at Dattilios Guns and Tackle, a store in South Burlington that his son owns. He says Gov. Phil Scott is a turn coat for signing gun control bills into law.
Liam Elder-Connors / VPR

Until recently passing gun control legislation in Vermont was a near impossible task and second amendment advocates are frustrated with the rapid change in the state's gun laws.

frimages / iStockphoto.com

Since we started this show, there’s a question we’ve gotten a lot: Why are so many young people leaving the state?

The sign outside the Islamic Society of Vermont seen in July 2017.
Meg Malone / VPR

Abd'Llah Al-Ansari will take over as imam of the Colchester-based Islamic Society of Vermont at the beginning of April.

VPR Newscast for 03/28/2018 at 12:10 p.m.

The Burlington City Council passed a resolution Monday night that asked the U.S. Air Force to cancel the basing of the F-35 at the Burlington International Airport and instead send a quieter plane.
Liam Elder-Connors / VPR

The Burlington City Council voted to request that the U.S. Air Force cancel the basing of F-35 fighter jets at the airport and send a quieter plane instead. The resolution passed nine to three.

The Vermont Statehouse on a blue-sky day, with people gathering on the lawn and some holding signs.
Liam Elder-Connors / VPR

On Saturday afternoon, protesters filled the lawn in front of the Vermont Statehouse — where just the night before, House lawmakers gave preliminary approval to a bill that would strengthen gun control laws in the state.

Community members hold signs in favor of gun legislation in Brattleboro, Vt.
Howard Weiss-Tisman / VPR

The "March For Our Lives" will take place on Saturday, March 24, with a national march in Washington, D.C., as well as local events in Montpelier and other Vermont locations.

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