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 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.

A man in a hat leaning over and pointing a corn stalks on the ground.
Liam Elder-Connors / VPR

Vermonters pride themselves on their connection to the land, but sometimes how one person values the natural world clashes with another's belief.

Such a tension has been playing out in Huntington, a small valley town in Chittenden County where one dairy farmer has been accused of needlessly killing bears. The farmer, however, said if he didn't, his entire business could have been in trouble.

A rendering of the preliminary plans for the Burlington mall redevelopment
City of Burlington

After months of silence, the developers of Burlington's downtown mall have released new preliminary plans for the CityPlace project. The major changes include reducing the maximum height of the project from 14 stories to 10 stories and adding a 175-room hotel.

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

The refiling of murder charges in a 2017 killing has become the center of a politicized debate: how should the state should handle people, who because of mental illness, can't be held criminally responsible for their actions?

Two adults and three children seated on the couch in their living room.
Elodie Reed / VPR

Many Vermonters would have trouble covering an unexpected bill. A VPR-Vermont PBS survey released this week found 40% of respondents said they would not be able to afford an unplanned $1,000 expense right away.

The site of the CityPlace mall redevelopment in Burlington.
Liam Elder-Connors / VPR

The city of Burlington says developers of the much-delayed downtown mall are not following their agreement with the city, and the mayor is demanding they get the stalled project on track this month.

A fighter plane cockpit.
Elodie Reed / VPR

Two F-35 fighter planes landed in Vermont today. They're the first of 20 F-35 planes expected to be based with the Vermont Air National Guard in South Burlington.

Aita Gurung allegedly killed his wife at the family's home on Hyde Street in Burlington on Oct. 12. Just days before, on Oct. 7, he had self-reported to Burlington Police his involvement in a domestic violence incident.
Taylor Dobbs / VPR

Vermont Attorney General TJ Donovan has refiled a murder charge against a Burlington man accused of killing his wife with a meat cleaver in 2017. Chittenden County State's Attorney Sarah George dismissed charges against Aita Gurung earlier this year, after the suspect's lawyers mounted an insanity defense.

A jet that landed at the Northeast Kingdom International Airport.
Liam Elder-Connors / VPR

In recent years, the state has put a lot into upgrading infrastructure at the Northeast Kingdom International Airport, in Coventry. But those improvements were made in conjunction with expected private sector developments in the region which never happened. Despite that, has the airport seen a boom in business?

A seagull in front of an apartment building under construction.
Elodie Reed / VPR

A campaign to produce more housing in Chittenden County has again fallen short on its affordable housing goal, but the effort’s overall numbers are on track.

A man in a blue tie.
Elodie Reed / VPR file

The Vermont Health Department is getting a three-year, $9.5 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control to improve its tracking of opioid overdoses.

The sign outside of the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington.
Taylor Dobbs / VPR File

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services alleges University of Vermont Medical Center illegally coerced a nurse into assisting with what the department described as an elective abortion. This is the first enforcement action of this kind from the department's new Conscience and Religious Freedom Division. The hospital disputes many of the allegations. 

Brookfield Properties Vice President Aanen Olsen at a table, speaking.
Liam Elder-Connors / VPR

After more than a month of silence, developers of Burlington's downtown mall still won't say when construction on the project will begin or what specific changes might be coming — and city leaders are growing frustrated by the lack of information.

A man and his dog outside a camping tent.
Elodie Reed / VPR

Burlington’s City Hall Park closed in July for a big renovation. The park, which hosted events like the summer farmer’s market, was also a place where many homeless people spent their days.

With the park’s closure, they’ve had to relocate, and the displacement has led to an uptick in problems downtown according to some business owners.

Ridin' High Skate Shop in Burlington.
Henry Epp / VPR

The owners of a well-known skate board shop in Burlington were arraigned in federal court Thursday for allegedly selling marijuana at the store.

Bishop Coyne at a June 2018 ordination ceremony at St. Joseph Co-Cathedral in Burlington.
Jillian Alderman / Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington, Courtesy

Updated at 3:10 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington on Thursday released the names of 40 priests accused of sexually abusing children in Vermont since 1950. Thirteen of the priests named are still living, though none are in ministry according to Bishop Christopher Coyne.

Portraits of Mark Hughes, Yuol Herjok and Jabulani Gamache, newly appointed members of Burlington's Police Commission.
Liam Elder-Connors / VPR

Vermont's largest city has been grappling with questions around police oversight after incidents of alleged excessive force. The tipping point came in May, after federal lawsuits accused Burlington officers of using unnecessary force against black men.

In light of these incidents, the city council in June appointed three black men to the citizen commission that oversees Burlington police. The new members all have different backgrounds, but they share common goals: repairing trust between the community and police.

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

A federal judge on Friday ordered Vermont's juvenile detention facility to reduce the use of solitary confinement and ease disciplinary procedures.

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