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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Months after postponing the passage of an ordinance that some say criminalizes homeless, the city of Lebanon, New Hampshire is bringing the ordinance back up for consideration.

On the morning of Aug. 22, the Brattleboro Fire department discovered their computer system had been hacked and that files were stolen and encrypted.

The hackers demanded a ransom of about $2,600 to be paid in bitcoins.

A nationally recognized expert on issues of race, public policy and the criminal justice system will be at St. Michael's College to speak about racism and the culture of policing on September 7.

Glenn Russell / Burlington Free Press

In recent years, Vermont has seen a handful of barbecue restaurants pop up. These eateries seek to bring authentic southern style barbecue to a state that is not thought of as a barbecue destination.

Recently Sally Pollak and Melissa Pasanen, writers for the Savorvore Section of the Burlington Free Press, took a tour of several barbecue restaurants in Vermont.

“This is not grilled meat; this is made in a smoker,” Pasanen says. “Real barbecue has to be cooked low and slow over a hardwood fire in a smoker.”

A new collaboration between Porter Medical Center and Middlebury College is seeking to simplify the process for victims of sexual assault to get immediate care from local medical professionals who have special training in work with survivors of trauma.

A newly-discovered planet could have the potential to support extraterrestrial life. Scientists discovered a new planet that they are calling Proxima B, orbiting a red dwarf a little over four light years from Earth.

Matthew Thorsen / Seven Days

There are dozens of farmers markets across Vermont. The number peaked at 87 in 2010 and has since gone down. Still, there are questions about what makes a successful market and how to keep markets thriving in the future.

Melody Bodette / VPR file

Five years ago, John and Beth Graham-Frock of Rochester lost their home after Tropical Storm Irene caused a small brook next to their house to overflow, taking out the foundation.

Ryan Mercer / Burlington Free Press

Greensboro is a small town in Northeast Kingdom on Caspian Lake. But despite its small size, it has gained world recognition for beer and cheese.  

Hill Farmstead has been ranked the best brewery in the world multiple times and Jasper Hill Farm had gotten the same praise for their cheese. Both are in Greensboro.

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Is there a gender bias when it comes to sentencing women convicted of murder as opposed to men? Norwich University professor Elizabeth Gurian studies this issue and recently got a grant from the American Association of University Women Fellowship for her work.

Professor Gurian spoke to VPR about her findings and how she handles doing this research.

Melissa Pasanen / Burlington Free Press

Around this time of year zucchini is in abundance and the big question is, what can you make with this vegetable?

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The Swede Midge is thought to have made its way from Europe to Canada and then down into the United States. It’s caused problems for Vermont farmers, damaging crops like kale and broccoli.

The Rutland Herald and   Barre-Montpelier Times Argus are in the process of being sold to two out of state partners, ending the two papers' run as the longest continuously owned family newspapers in America.

The sale was announced late Wednesday night amid a controversy over checks that bounced for newsroom staffers and the firing of a long time editor who wanted to print a follow up story about those financial troubles.

The Rutland Herald is dealing with fallout from a story that called its own financial status into question. Not long after the Herald ran a story that staffers and freelancers hadn’t been getting paid, the newspaper’s publisher, John Mitchell, fired news editor Alan Keays.

Glenn Russell / Burlington Free Press

Vermont’s craft brewing scene has been exploding over the past few years, making it tough to keep up with every new brewery that enters the scene.

Recently, Brent Hallenbeck, a contributor to the Savorvore Section of the Burlington Free Press took a tour of some of the newer breweries in Central Vermont.

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Update 08/12/2016: Thanks to all the listeners and callers who made this year's Stargazing Party success. You can listen back the show here.

Take your radio and a blanket into the backyard and tune in to VPR for our Eye on the Sky Stargazing Party on Wednesday, August 10 at 9 p.m.

Melissa Pasanen / Burlington Free Press

Vermont has a number of diners scattered across the state, serving everything from coffee and pie to a turkey stuffing omelet.

Candace Page

While apples are the most common tree fruit grown in Vermont, you can also grow other fruits like peaches and plums in our cold climate. The development of cold-hardy varieties of fruit trees allows farmers to grow trees that normally wouldn’t survive in Vermont.

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

Glenn Russell / Burlington Free Press

Last year, the Burlington Food Shelf received a grant to create a special food truck, which is now called The Good Food Truck. Its purpose is to bring food to people who can’t get to the Burlington Food Shelf.

Currently, the Good Food Truck serves around 200 meals a week.

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