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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Attorney General TJ Donovan announced the results of the investigation into the alleged racial harassment of former state Rep.  Kiah Morris on Januart 14, 2019.
Howard Weiss-Tisman / VPR

Local branches of the NAACP and the American Civil Liberties Union are calling on state officials to investigate the Bennington Police Department.

The site of the Burlington mall in Nov. 2018. Brookfield Asset Management, a partner in the project, is taking over daily operations.
Liam Elder-Connors / VPR

Burlington’s downtown mall redevelopment is months behind schedule and city officials’ patience is running thin. Recently, Brookfield Asset Management — a previously silent partner in the project — took control, a move that has left officials optimistic the project could get on track.

Dr. Suresh Garimella
Courtesy of Purdue University

The University of Vermont could soon have a new president. The school announced that the "sole finalist" for the position, Dr. Suresh Garimella, will visit campus next week.

Congressman Peter Welch poses for a portrait outside his office at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C.
Eman Mohammed for VPR

Sure, you might occasionally see Vermont's U.S. House representative when he's back in the Green Mountains — but what does Peter Welch's life on Capitol Hill look like?

Congressman Peter Welch makes a phone call from his office at Capitol Hill building in Washington, D.C.
Eman Mohammed for VPR

Normally our show answers your questions about Vermont, our region and its people. This month, we decided to do something a little different.

A view of the US Capitol dome as seen through a window from the Russell Senate building.
J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press

Vermont’s Republican governor and Democratically controlled Legislature have managed to do what elected officials in Washington, D.C., so far have not: provide financial relief to the federal workers forced to work without pay during the partial government shutdown.

Attorney General nominee William Barr meets with senators ahead of his confirmation hearing. Barr previously severed as attorney general from 1991 to 1993.
J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press

Sen. Patrick Leahy says William Barr, President Donald Trump's nominee for attorney general, needs to make assurances that he won’t interfere with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold two days of confirmation hearings for Barr beginning on Tuesday.

Burlington Police car at night.
Angela Evancie / VPR File

A Burlington police officer has sued the state, saying she suffered three concussions and permanent hearing damage during a training exercise at the Vermont Police Academy.

Vermont Department of Health Commissioner Mark Levine. As of Friday morning, there were 11 reported overdoses in Chittenden County.
Liam Elder-Connors / VPR

Public health officials are concerned about a recent spike of overdoses around Chittenden County. As of Friday morning, there were seven overdoses that required treatment at UVM Medical Center and an additional four non-emergency room overdose reversals.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Vermont Rep. Peter Welch during a ceremonial swearing-in on Thursday. Both have their hands up and on a book and stand before two American flags.
Liam Elder-Connors / VPR

The 116th Congress opened Thursday, which means Democrats are now in control of the U.S. House, while Republicans maintain a majority in the U.S. Senate. VPR's Liam Elder-Connors is there, reporting on the shift in power in Washington, D.C.

A record play. As the year comes to a close, we take a look at some of the local music that came out in 2018.
filomar / iStock

It's that time of year again — the time for lists and debates over the best books, music and movies of the year.

Here at VPR, we wanted to join in on the list-making fun, so VPR’s Liam Elder-Connors sat down with Seven Days music editor Jordan Adams to talk about the year in Vermont-area music — a year in which there was "nonstop output," according to Adams.

Looking outward and upward at the U.S. Capitol Rotunda. There are statues but really no people, as a partial shutdown is in effect.
Manuel Balce Ceneta / Associated Press

The partial federal government shutdown continues — and it looks like the shutdown will last into the new year.

A sign on a summer day that says Welcome To Vermont The Green Mountain State with greenery in the background.
Meg Malone / VPR

A state program aimed at bringing remote workers to Vermont launches on Jan. 1. Beginning that day, people who move here to work remotely can apply for grants to cover some of their moving costs.

Anti-Semitic and racist graffiti on a hay storage barn at Andersonville Farm in Glover, Vermont.
Jasper Hill Farm

Reported hate crimes went up in Vermont last year according to the FBI. It was the second year the state saw an increase, but the exact number of hate crimes that take place in the state remains unclear.

Vermont State trooper cars parked.
Steve Zind / VPR file

Vermont State Police have been reviewing their use-of-force policy after several recent shootings involving police officers, and now the agency is looking for a consultant to review that policy.

The site of where a new mall is set to be built in downtown Burlington.
Liam Elder-Connors / VPR

If you’ve been in downtown Burlington this year, you’ve probably seen a big empty lot. It's right where a new mall is supposed to be built.

A mall with lots of space for new stores and offices, plus 288 apartments — and at 14 stories, it would be the tallest building in the city. But construction on the big project hasn’t started, and city officials are frustrated by the lack of progress and communication from the developers.

A press conference with Maj. Gen. Steven Cray, Vermont Adjutant General , and Gov. Phil Scott respond to allegations that the guard mishandled cases of sexual  harassment  and foster where heavy drinking was common.
Liam Elder-Connors / VPR

The Vermont National Guard responded Thursday to a number of allegations including that it mishandled cases of sexual harassment. The allegations come after a series reported by VTDigger.

Sen. Bernie Sanders speaking at the opening night of the Sanders Institute's conference.
Liam Elder-Connors / VPR

Progressive politicians, activists and leaders gathered Thursday in Burlington for the kickoff of a two-day conference.

A bar graph showing the number of reported hate crimes in Vermont by year. In 2017 there were 34 reported and in 2016 there were 25.
Data: FBI Hate Crime Statistics; Graph Screenshot: Liam Elder-Connors, via Infogram

Reported hate crimes increased in Vermont last year, according to FBI data released Tuesday. This is the second consecutive year reported hate crimes increased in Vermont. 

Attorney General TJ Donovan at a podium at a press conference on Friday.
Liam Elder-Connors / VPR

Update — Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 2:01 p.m.

Following the placement of three Vermont residential care homes into temporary receivership last week, a fourth one owned by Texas-based East Lake Capital Management will now also be run by a temporary receiver appointed by the state. 

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