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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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.

A federal investigation into a land deal made by Jane O'Meara Sanders while she was president of Burlington College is ongoing as of a month ago according to reporting this week by Seven Days.
Taylor Dobbs / VPR file

The federal investigation of a land deal made by Jane O’Meara Sanders while she was president of Burlington College was back in the news this week.

VPR Newscast for 01/11/2018 at 5:10 p.m.

VPR Newscast for 01/02/2018 at 5:10 p.m.

The Vermont Partnership for Fairness and Diversity is looking for nominations for people to include on a new mural in downtown Burlington that will feature people of color who have been important in Vermont's history.

The single-digit or below days are not over yet, though we did see flurries at our Colchester studio Tuesday.
Emily Alfin Johnson / VPR

We've now had over eight straight days with temperatures dropping below zero across the Champlain Valley according to the National Weather Service, and more cold's on the way this weekend: a high of minus 5 degrees.

Burlington city officials hope that 2018 will be the year they'll be able to develop plans to restore Memorial Auditorium as a public space. The auditorium has been vacant for over a year.

The Washington County State's Attorney's Office collected donations for a community fund that — in fact — doesn't exist. And in a few cases, charges against individuals were dropped after they made donations to the fund, according to reporting by the Time-Argus.

VPR Newscast for 12/26/2017 at 6:25 a.m.

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