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.

Ways to Connect

Sen. Patrick Leahy at Burlington International Airport on March 19, 2018.
Liam Elder-Connors / VPR

Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy said he's concerned by President Donald Trump's increasing criticism of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Vermont National Guard officials say two soldiers caught in an avalanche in Smuggler's Notch this week remain in the hospital. One is in good condition and the other is in fair condition.

Allie Brown, a senior at Burlington High School, spoke at the rally. She urged her peers to call their state representatives about supporting a bill that would requre background checks for all gun purchases.
Liam Elder-Connors / VPR

While a number of planned walkouts were rescheduled Wednesday due to weather, rallies did take place across the state as part of a nationwide protest. 

The 'Everyone Loves A Parade' mural in downtown Burlington has been criticized for not being inclusive. The city council voted Monday night to create a task force to come up with a plan make the mural more representative of Vermont’s diversity.
Emily Alfin Johnson / VPR

The Burlington City Council voted Monday night to create a task force to figure out how to make a downtown mural more inclusive.

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger won reelection for a third-term. He got about 48 percent of the votes on Town Meeting Day.
Liam Elder-Connors / VPR

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger was elected to lead Vermont's largest city for a third-term on Tuesday.

The Democratic mayor won a tough contest against two independent challengers who ran to his left.

(left to right) Chief Amy Akerlind, Colchester Rescue, Chief Steven Locke, Burlington Fire Department, Aaron Frank, Deputy Town Manager in Colchester, and South Burlington Police Chief Trevor Whipple, present the plan for a consolidated dispatch center.
Liam Elder-Connors / VPR

Towns in Chittenden County are hoping to improve how fast emergency services respond to calls by pooling resources for dispatching those services. 

An item on seven town meeting ballots would set the stage for the creation of one consolidated center to handle 911 calls from member towns.

The Vermont Air National Guard is preparing to base F-35 fighters jets in Vermont in the fall of 2019. A non-binding ballot item in Burlington this town meeting day aims to stop that action.
Liam Elder-Connors / VPR

A non-binding ballot item in Burlington this Town Meeting Day would advise the City Council to request that F-35 fighter jets not be based at Burlington International Airport — but the Vermont Air National Guard says they're still getting ready for the arrival of the aircraft.

Protesters put up a banner in from of UVM's Waterman building. They say they're occupying the space until protest leaders meet with UVM President Tom Sullivan.
Liam Elder-Connors / VPR

Hundreds of University of Vermont students assembled in the main administration building Monday afternoon to push the school and its president, Tom Sullivan, to do more to address issues of racial justice and diversity of campus.

Burlington City Hall on a winter afternoon with the U.S. and city flags blowing in wind.
Meg Malone / VPR

On Town Meeting Day, residents in Burlington will cast their ballot on a number of issues, as well as select ward representatives for City Council.

The University of Vermont, Burlington Campus.
Alexis Horatius / Wikimedia Commons

Three colleges around Burlington report that stickers and posters promoting white nationalist views were left on their campuses. The University of Vermont, St. Michael’s College and Champlain College have denounced  the signs and removed them.

L-R: Henry Epp; Liam Elder-Connors; Taylor Dobbs / VPR

Burlington voters will go to the polls on Town Meeting Day to pick the next mayor of Vermont's largest city.

courtesy of the Vermont State Police

According to a press release from the Vermont State Police, Jack Sawyer, 18, was arrested Thursday after police learned Sawyer had “communicated his desire to cause mass casualties at the Fair Haven High School.”

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger at podium in April 2017.
Taylor Dobbs / VPR File

About a month before Town Meeting Day, Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger has raked in $80,773.69 for his re-election bid — and spent $57,164.01.

VPR Newscast for 02/01/2018 at 5:30 p.m.

On Monday, Keurig Green Mountain annouced plans to merge with Dr Pepper Snapple to form a new company: Keurig Dr Pepper.
Toby Talbot / Associated Press

Waterbury-based Keurig Green Mountain announced Monday that it plans to merge with Dr Pepper Snapple to form a new beverage company — Keurig Dr Pepper. The deal is expected to close in the second quarter of 2018.

A meeting of the CommunityStat group at city hall in Burlington. The monthly meeting brings together police, public health, social services and city and state officials to coordinate their response to opioid addicition.
Liam Elder-Connors / VPR

The city of Burlington is implementing a team to reach out to people who overdose on opioids within 60 hours of the incident.

Image of downtown Burlington, Vermont from above.
DenisTangneyJr / iStock.com

The U.S. Department of Justice is demanding the city of Burlington hand over documents about how local law enforcement communicate with federal immigration authorities.

In anticipation of the tariff, SunCommon stockpiled solar panels to try to keep prices low for as long as possible. President Donald Trump enacted a tariff on imported solar panels and cells that many in the industry say will slow down growth.
James Moore, Courtesy

A new tariff on imported solar panels and cells has solar companies across the country, including ones in Vermont, worried that the that growth of the burgeoning industry will slow down.

Abel Luna leads protestors in a chant outside the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility where one of the dairy workers is being held.
Kathleen Masterson / VPR

On Thursday, Immigration and Customs Enforcement detained 14 undocumented workers who were part of a construction crew staying at the Days Inn in Colchester.

Stephen Mills / Times Argus

A robbery suspect killed by police Tuesday has been identified as 32 year-old Nathan Giffin of  Essex.

Giffin was killed in a standoff with police outside Montpelier High School.

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