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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An expected gap in the state's education fund could be up to $80 million dollars. Vermont Secretary of Education Rebecca Holcombe said the gap is mostly due to the use of one-times funds in the current fiscal year.
Taylor Dobbs / File photo / VPR

The next Vermont legislative session is still several months away, but lawmakers, and state and local education officials, are already grappling with an expected gap in the state's Education Fund for the 2019 fiscal year.

Keep BT Local is a co-op and one of three potential bidders in the sale of Burlington Telecom.
Liam Elder-Connors / VPR

Burlington’s mayor says the city council should not advance the bid of a local co-op to buy Burlington Telecom.

The city of Burlington says it has the "authority and the need" to disband a homeless encampment in the city.

In 2011, the United Nations declared Oct. 11 as International Day of the Girl. The day is meant to focus attention on addressing challenges girls face around the world and promoting girls' empowerment.

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Gov. Phil Scott signed an executive order Tuesday to create a Cybersecurity Advisory Team. The 10-member group will work to strengthen how the state responds to cyber threats.

New York Yankees' Aaron Judge strikes out swinging against Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Cody Allen during the eighth inning of Game 1 of a baseball American League Division Series, Thursday in Cleveland.
David Dermer / AP

The most exciting part of the baseball season has begun – it’s the playoffs! Eight teams are battling to play in the World Series.

Will the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox meet in the American League Championship Series? Our special sports panel will discuss the outlook for the playoff teams.

Students at the University of Vermont in a lab in Discovery Hall, a new building part of the university’s expansion of its STEM complex.
Liam Elder-Connors / VPR

The University of Vermont recently completed the first phase of an expansion of its science, technology, engineering and math complex. The $104 million dollar project is the largest in the university's history.

Across the country, about 300,000 young people get concussions playing high school sports each year. Schools have developed plans to get athletes back into school and sports after a head injury.
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The high school sports season is in full swing and that means a lot of fun, but also the potential for injury. Across the country, about 300,000 young people get concussions playing high school sports each year. How do coaches, players and families balance the desire to play with the need to stay safe?

Dr. Steve Shapiro is the chief medical examiner for the state of Vermont. Back in August, Shapiro spoke to VPR at the UVM Medical Center about the challenges of his position.
Liam Elder-Connors / VPR

On average, there are more than 5,000 deaths that occur each year in Vermont, and every death certificate is processed through the office of the chief medical examiner for the state: Dr. Steve Shapiro.

The Burlington Telecom building. The City of Burlington hopes to have a buyer for Burlington Telecom lined up by the fall. The City Council will vote to eliminate one of three bids from the sale process.
Taylor Dobbs / VPR File

The city of Burlington has released the names of the three groups making bids to buy Burlington Telecom, the city's telecommunications service.

Data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows Vermont to be the only state in the country to see an increase in the poverty rate in 2016 — however the lower rate in 2015 was an outlier compared to previous years, according to an official at the U.S. Census Bureau.

State health officials are cautioning people to be on the lookout for blue-green algae blooms.

Burlington schools were closed Friday for the second day in a row due to a teachers strike, but the district is trying to make a plan to allow some extracurricular activities to continue during the strike.

The city of Barre has had the same mayor, Thom Lauzon, for more than a decade now. He's also one of the area's largest real estate developers.  

Some people have been questioning whether there's an inherent conflict of interest between his roles of businessman and civic leader.

Keep BT Local is a co-op and one of three potential bidders in the sale of Burlington Telecom.
Liam Elder-Connors / VPR

The four potential buyers of Burlington Telecom will be revealed next week, according to a statement from Burlington City Council president Jane Knodell.

Teachers picketed outside the Sustainability Academy at Lawrence Barnes in Burlington on Sept. 14. A new bill to be considered during the 2018 session would prohibit teachers from striking in Vermont.
Taylor Dobbs / VPR

Teachers in Burlington are on strike this morning after the union and school board were unable to reach a contract agreement.

In 2007, the state of Vermont established a goal of cutting the child poverty rate in half over a 10-year span. The Vermont Child Poverty Council was formed to study and recommend policies to succeed in this effort — but when the deadline was reached this June, the state had not met the goal it set a decade ago.

Kalmia Traver's first solo album as Kalbells is called Ten Flowers. She said making the album was part of a period of self-discovery after surviving ovarian cancer.
Courtesy of Jake Ryan

Kalmia Traver debut solo album as Kalbells is Ten Flowers; it’s a collection of shimmering electronic pop songs. It’s also deeply personal; Traver wrote it after surviving cancer.

Two solar panel manufacturers are asking the U.S. International Trade Commission to place tariffs on imported solar panels. But solar developers and installers across the country say a tariff would slow grow and cost jobs in the the industry.
Wilson Ring / AP/file

Two bankrupt companies that made solar panels are asking the U.S International Trade Commission to place a tariff on imported solar panels. The companies say that cheap foreign solar panels are harming the domestic industry.

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