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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Members of the Burlington City Council confer during a break in the meeting. The council voted 8 to 2 to select Schurz as the buyer for Burlington Telecom.
Liam Elder-Connors / VPR

At nearly 2 a.m. Tuesday, the Burlington City Council selected a buyer for Burlington Telecom whose bid was reorganized only hours before it was voted on. In an eight to two vote, the council chose Schurz Communications, an Indiana based-company to take over the city’s telecom company.

The AG’s office settled a case this week against Dean Corren. Former Attorney General Bill Sorell filed a case in 2015 saying a email sent by the Vermont Democratic Party in support of Corren’s 2014 lieutenant governor campaign was an illegal contribution
Taylor Dobbs / VPR

The Vermont attorney general's office has reached a settlement in a case against a former candidate for lieutenant governor.

Officials in Vermont say that their policing policies don't violate federal law. The Justice Department sent letters this week to the state of Vermont and Burlington saying that some of their policies could lead to a loss of federal grants.
Angela Evancie / VPR File

The Justice Department sent letters to 29 jurisdictions Wednesday — including Vermont and the city of Burlington — saying that their "sanctuary policies" might violate federal law. Officials in Vermont say their policies comply with the law.

The DOJ sent letters to the state of Vermont and Burlington on Wednesday citing local laws they say might violate a federal statue related to how these jurisdictions share information with federal immigration enforcement.
Denis Tangney Jr. / iStock

The Department of Justice says “sanctuary policies” in Vermont and the city of Burlington may violate federal statutes and put them at risk of losing federal money.

Toby Talbot / Times Argus Pool/AP

The Vermont woman convicted of killing three of her family members and a state social worker in 2015 was sentenced to life in prison without parole Wednesday.

The FBI released hate crime statistics for 2016 which showed that nationally and in Vermont, the number of reported hate crimes rose. In Vermont, there 25 reported hate crimes last year, up from eight in 2015.
Liam Elder-Connors / VPR

Reported hate crimes increased across the country and in Vermont last year, according to data released Monday by the FBI.

Headshot of composer and arranger Robert De Cormier
File / VPR

Robert De Cormier has been revered for his work as a composer, musician and prolific arranger of choral music. He passed away Tuesday at the age of 95.

Robert De Cormier was a composer, musician and arranger of choral music and worked with groups such as Peter, Paul and Mary and Harry Belafonte. He lived in Vermont for decades and passed away Tuesday.
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Robert De Cormier, a composer, musician and prolific arranger of choral music, passed away Tuesday at the age of 95.

Residents attending the City Council meeting in support of Keep BT Local. The council was unable to pick a buy for BT and instead asked the two finalist to pursue forming a joint venture.
Liam Elder-Connors / VPR

After deadlocking twice on the vote to select a buyer for Burlington Telecom, the City Council approved a resolution asking the two finalists to consider forming a joint venture.

Burlington City Councilor Karen Paul is quitting her job as a staff accountant so she can participate in the vote to select a buyer for the city’s telecom company.

Montreal City Hall. This weekend residents in Quebec head to the polls for municipal elections. In Montreal, incumbent Mayor Denis Coderre faces a change from City Councillor Valerie Plante.
Diego Delso / Wikimedia Commons

On Sunday, residents of Quebec head to the polls for municipal elections. In the province's largest city - Montreal - incumbent Mayor Denis Coderre is running for re-election, and he's facing a challenge from City Councilor Valerie Plante.

A tree downed on a powerline in Monkton, Vermont. Thousands of homes and buisnesses have been without power since wind storms hit the region on Sunday.
Jane Lindholm / VPR

Every year, electric utilities clear trees and vegetation around power lines. With several thousand homes and business in Vermont still without power after Sunday's windstorm, could more clearing prevented these lengthy outages?

The Burlington City Council voted to postpone their vote to select the buyer for Burlington Telecom. The council will take up the issue in a week.
Liam Elder-Connors / VPR

After a four and a half hour meeting, the Burlington City Council decided to postpone selecting a buyer for Burlington Telecom.

In Burlington, the next operator of the city's municipal telecom company could be chosen tonight.

There are two finalists looking to buy Burlington Telecom: Tucows, a Toronto-based company and Keep BT Local – a cooperative formed with the purpose of buying Burlington Telecom.

A federal judge ruled Friday afternoon that the city of Burlington can take down a homeless encampment.

The city of Burlington is testing the water in several locations where residents have reported foul smelling and tasting tap water.

A homeless encampment on Sears Lane in Burlington was taken down by the city last October.
Liam Connors / VPR

A federal judge Friday temporarily blocked the city of Burlington from taking down a homeless encampment.

The encampment on Sears Lane in Burlington was taken down by the city. The city decided to take down the camp after reports of domestic violence and drug use.
Liam Elder-Connors / VPR

The city of Burlington took down a homeless encampment in the city's south end on Thursday, an action that was plan for last week but then delayed.  

The National Assembly in Quebec City. A law passed by the National Assembly in Quebec essentially forces Muslim women and others to uncover their faces to receive public services or work in the public sector.
dszpiro / Wikimedia Common

A new Quebec law, passed by the province's National Assembly on Wednesday, essentially forces Muslim women and others to uncover their faces in order to receive public services or to work in the public sector.

In June, about 25 protesters showed up at the detention facility in South Burlington where Yesenia Hernández is being held for ICE. Migrant Justice is trying to get records related to the arrest of Hernández and several other members of Migrant Justice.
Kathleen Masterson / VPR

Last week, a group that advocates for undocumented farmworkers in Vermont filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Burlington against three federal agencies that enforce immigration laws.

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