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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A year ago, Rutland joined a national initiative to make data collected by the police more available to the public. And now Burlington has joined, too.

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Religious holidays play an important role in many foods traditions. We've talked about a number of them before but we have yet to discussed the Seder at Passover. Melissa Pasanen, a contributor to the Savovore Section of the Burlington Free Press spoke with a few Vermonters to learn more about how they celebrate Passover.

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On Monday night, Burlington’s City Council approved the creation of an Opiate Policy Manager to coordinate the city’s approach to the opiate crisis.

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Parsnips are an often overlooked root vegetable though in the past they were a staple of New England gardens.

"Parsnips are great because they're so sweet," said Candace Page, a contributor to the Savovore Section of the Burlington Free Press. "That can draw in an audience that might not like them otherwise."

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A few years ago, you wouldn't have been able to find a locally-made, corn tortillas in Vermont. Now there is not one, but two companies here devoted to making this Central American staple.

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Starting Thursday afternoon people in Montpelier will be able to use the ride-sharing service Uber to request rides. 

When Uber began operating in Burlington in 2014, the city deemed the company in violation of the Burlington taxi ordinance. Now, Uber's operation in Montpelier may be facing similar questions.

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Maple has been used in cooking for over a century and through the years the recipes using maple have changed.

Candace Page, a contributor to the Savorvore Section of the Burlington Free Press, recently took a look at three contemporary cookbooks that highlighted the ways to bring maple into the kitchen. One book was Maple by Katie Webster, a Vermont-based recipe developer.  

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The Vermont Country Store in Weston began not as a brick and mortar establishment, but a paper one.

In 1945, when Vrest and Mildred Orton moved to Vermont to start a family, Vrest also decided to start a catalog. He printed the catalog in his garage and as it became popular, fans started asking if they could visit a store, which didn't exist. So, the Ortons bought a building and opened the Vermont Country Store.

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On the first Tuesday of March in Vermont, people gather to make decisions on their hometown issues. Town meeting day is a more than 200-year old tradition and along with the voting comes the tradition of  town meeting potluck lunches.

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The Alchemist's Heady Topper is one of the most sought after and highly regarded beers in the world. The brewery, which was at first a brew-pub, was founded by  Jen and John Kimmich. John focuses on the brewing and Jen manages the business side of the operation.

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By the end of 2015, there were 50 breweries in Vermont. Tourists from across the country were making the journey to sample the numerous beers, including some of the best in the world.

Besides the beer tourists, people in the towns where these breweries were popping up, started to gather and just hang out at their town's local craft brewery.

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When the Internet-based car service Uber began operating in Burlington in 2014, officials said it had violated the city's vehicle-for-hire ordinance. The service continued to operate under an interim agreement while the City Council promised to revise the ordinance by November of that year.

It's taken a bit longer than planned, but a new ordinance might be headed to the Burlington City Council very soon.

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In the winter, fresh salad greens can be hard to come by. 

Candace Page, a contributor to the Savorvore Section of the Burlington Free Press say a new book outlines the surprisingly simple method for growing fresh greens inside.

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Nate and Jessie Rogers had a cow problem. The owners of Rogers Farmstead in Berlin brought the cows onto their farm to help keep the land healthy, but they didn't know what to do with all the milk.

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Vermont's Open Meeting Law requires that all meetings of public committees be open and accessible to the public — and in today's world of electronic communication the state says this applies to emails, too. 

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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.

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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.

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  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.


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.