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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Kevin Hurley / Burlington Free Press

Throughout summer and fall in Vermont you can go to farms and pick your own berries, cherries, apples, pumpkins and even potatoes.   

In late September, Chappelle's Vermont Potatoes in Williamstown opens their fields for the people to come and pick their own potatoes.

Glen Russell / Burlington Free Press

Vermont has the most breweries per capita, boasting 40 craft breweries in its boarders. While the adventurous beer enthusiasts might travel to all 40, throughout the state growler filling stations are popping up, allowing people to try a variety of beers without making a winding road trip through Vermont.

Kevin Hurley / Burlington Free Press

  On December 7 1941, Pearl Harbor Day, Lewis and Victoria Bove opened the doors of their new restaurant. The two were originally from Naples and after settling in Burlington's Little Italy, they saved enough money from their horse-drawn hot dog cart to open a restaurant.

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VPR's Live From the Fort features musicians from around the state, performing live from the VPR studios at Fort Ethan Allen. Through music and casual conversation, the series connects music lovers with Vermont-based music makers.

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Families come together during the holidays to share company, gifts and food. Melissa Pasanen, a contributor the Savovore Sections of the Burlington Free Press, visited several Vermont families to learn food traditions for the holidays including the Howrigans, a seventh generation dairy-farming family with Irish heritage. 

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Everyone has their own unique way to celebrate the holiday season. One commonality is the opportunity to gather with family around the table. Breakfast on Christmas Day is a popular time for families to share that special meal.

“I think these traditions can become more important in families as the kids grow and there’s less of that mad dash to the Christmas tree,” said Candace Page, a contributor to the Savorvore Section of the Burlington Free Press.  “It’s my favorite time in the kitchen with my mother and sister. We all cook together without having the chaos of Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.”

Melissa Pasanen / Burlington Free Press

Taking your cooking up a notch during the holiday season can be tempting, but doing so often leaves stuck in the kitchen, instead of enjoying the company of your guests.

Courtesy of E.A.S.Y.

Most of us start to draw at a young age and it can be an important skill especially in math and science. 

However, for people who are blind, getting that early exposure to drawing is difficult. A Burlington company called E.A.S.Y. is working to change that by giving the blind much needed tools to draw. 

Glen Russell / Burlington Free Press

As the gift-giving season approaches, so too begins the search for the perfect gift for each person on your list. 

“As a receiver of kitchen gifts, I love getting things I wouldn’t buy for myself. [So] as a giver of gifts, I love being able to do that for other people,” said Candace Page, a contributor to the Savovore Section of the Burlington Free Press.

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This year, VPR will feature several special programs Nov. 25 and Nov. 26 in honor of Thanksgiving:

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John Hockenberry, the host of WNYC and Public Radio International’s "The Takeaway," spoke at St. Michael’s College on Nov. 4. 

Glen Russell / Burlington Free Press

A shortage of cooks in Vermont has led some restaurants to pursue creative alternatives to the traditional methods for attracting new talent. Some restaurants are offering signing bonuses and even finders fees to employees that bring in new workers. And it's not just about new hires. Restaurants are also looking for new ways to retain existing staff.

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With hunting season in Vermont, comes the wild game suppers. These suppers, held across Vermont, can feature anything from moose to bear to squirrel.

Ren Weiner

For Ren Weiner, the mastermind behind Miss Weinerz American Sweets, baking is about more than just about the food, it is about changing how people view what they eat. 

Candace Page / Burlington Free Press

What were people in New England eating a few hundred years ago?

Glen Russell/Burlington Free Press

When you're hiking on the Long Trail, is it cheating to wander off-trail and enjoy a restaurant cooked meal?

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Former Vice President Al Gore spoke at the University of Vermont's Ira Allen Chapel on October 6. He presented his talked "The Climate Crisis and the Case For Hope."

Melissa Pasanen / Burlington Free Press

With each wave of immigrants to this land, new foods have been introduced and it’s still happening today. 

 Melissa Pasanen, who writes for the Savorvore Section of the Burlington Free Press joined the VPR Café to talk about what new foods are being grown in Vermont.

Morrisville holds a popular vote to determine public art installments. Bolton entices residents to take part in town planning with a pizza party. National Drug Take-Back Day will be held Sept. 26.


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Update 8/17/15 10:09 am: The broadcast aired on August 12. Thanks to the listeners and callers who made this year's stargazing party a success! You can listen back to the entire program here. 

Update 8/10/15 4:46 pm: The Stargazing Party has been rescheduled for Wednesday, August 12 at 9 p.m.  

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