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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A student in a face mask stands in line with other students wearing face masks.
Heng Sinith / Associated Press

The Vermont Department of Health says there are no suspected cases of coronavirus in the state, though the department is monitoring the worldwide outbreak.

A person stands against the American flag and the Vermont state flag.
Elodie Reed / VPR File

A senior police official in Burlington violated city policy when she used two anonymous social media accounts to interact with critics of the department. Burlington Police Deputy Chief Jan Wright will be suspended for eight days without pay, according to an internal investigation.

A man in suit stands and listens to another man wearing classes talk.
Liam Elder-Connors / VPR

Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg made a campaign stop Monday in Burlington, the hometown of rival candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Two people hold up signs advocating for ATVS to be allowed on Newport city streets.
Liam Elder-Connors / VPR

Towns and cities across northern Vermont are trying to increase traffic from all-terrain vehicles, commonly called ATVs, to boost business in a region suffering from declining population and a sluggish economy. But proposals to open public roads to ATVs frequently spark debates and divide communities.

Attorney General TJ Donovan at a podium during a press conference.
Elodie Reed / VPR

In recent months, the St. Albans Police department has been scrutinized after a high profile case in which a cop allegedly punched a handcuffed woman in the face. The officer was fired and the Attorney General filed assault charges.

However, this wasn’t the first time something like that happened at the department. A similar case, not publicly reported until now, quietly played out at the department years before and didn’t result in criminal charges. Now, prosecutors have reopened the case.

Jennifer Morrison being sworn in as interim chief of the Burlington Police.
Liam Elder-Connors / VPR

The city council in Vermont’s largest city voted unanimously Monday night to confirm the appointment of Jennifer Morrison as interim chief of police. She’ll now lead the Burlington Police Department, which has been mired in controversy after it was revealed last month that two senior police officials had anonymous social media accounts.

Aita Gurung is led to his chair during his second arraignment.
Sasha Goldstein / Seven Days

A judge in Chittenden County determined this week that a man accused of killing his wife with a meat cleaver in 2017 is not competent to stand trial.

The latest ruling in the politicized case delays the court proceedings until Aita Gurung is deemed fit to stand trial. Attorney General TJ Donovan said Friday his office is still committed to prosecuting the case.

A Dollar General store exterior with a person entering through the doors in an orange hat.
Angela Evancie / VPR

Perhaps you've seen one — or many — on your travels. You've probably noticed the sign first: Big, and yellow, with black letters. 

Attorney General TJ Donocan at podium outside against brick buildings.
Liam Elder-Connors / VPR

Vermont's attorney general is bringing a rare enforcement action against one of the state's largest dairy farms. The AG's office filed a seven-count complaint against Pleasant Valley Farms Thursday in Franklin County.

A man stands above a landfill pit.
Jane Lindholm / VPR File

State officials hope by Thursday to resume cleaning up about 8,000 of gallons of leachate that spilled in Coventry last week. Leachate is created when water seeps through trash.

Three people stand by a podium with flags in the background.
Elodie Reed / VPR

Updated 8 p.m.

Burlington Police Chief Brandon del Pozo has resigned, and Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger has announced the city will hire an outside investigator to review the department's social media practices. 

At a press conference Monday, the mayor told reporters the chief submitted a letter of resignation Sunday night. This development comes after reports surfaced last week that del Pozo had used an anonymous Twitter account to heckle a civilian. 

Burlington Police Chief Brandon del Pozo speaks to reporters at the police station. Del Pozo created a fake Twitter account to mock a critic in July.
Liam Elder-Connors / VPR

Burlington Police Chief Brandon del Pozo used an anonymous Twitter account to mock a critic in July. After the incident, del Pozo was placed on administrative leave and then medical leave when a city investigation determined a medical condition contributed to his actions.

An encampment in Burlington in 2017.
Liam Elder-Connors / VPR File

Vermont's largest city has settled a lawsuit over allegations that it violated the rights of low-income residents.

A pecan pie.
Elodie Reed / VPR

It’s Thanksgiving, and of course the most pressing question is: who’s making what? Three VPR reporters set out to find answers and followed the scent ... of pie. Literally. This story is about pie and only pie.

Man stands at a podium with a Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum sign in front
Toby Talbot / Associated Press File

Jake Burton Carpenter, who popularized the sport of snowboarding and founded the Burlington-based Burton Snowboards, has died at age 65.

The exterior of Woodside Juvenile Rehabilitation Center in Colchester, with cars parked out front.
Liam Elder-Connors / VPR File

Vermont’s sole juvenile detention center is empty for the first time in years — a significant milestone for the facility, which been under scrutiny for practices that allegedly put kids in “dangerous conditions.”

A series of colorful paintings cover a fence along a slushy road.
Liam Elder-Connors / VPR

As retailers gear up for the holiday season, one of Vermont’s best-known shopping districts finds itself with a massive hole: the site of the torn down Burlington mall.

A sign post on the campus of UVM in Burlington.
Liam Elder-Connors / VPR

The University of Vermont plans to freeze tuition rates next year. The college says the last time it did this was more than 40 years ago.

A woman cries while a man holds his glasses as hands with cameras cram in.
Elodie Reed / VPR

Vermont Attorney General TJ Donovan has declined to file charges against a Burlington police officer who got in an altercation with a man who later died.

A lake spreads out behind apartment buildings.
Elodie Reed / VPR File

VTDigger's recent examination of Burlington property ownership found that the majority of property in Vermont's largest city is owned by a small number of nonprofits and individuals.

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