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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Two signs on either side of a small tree reading Vermont loves our first responders and Vermont loves our health care heroes
Elodie Reed / VPR

A week after first announcing a new executive order banning social gatherings to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Vermont, Gov. Phil Scott clarified that the restrictions do allow people feeling unsafe in their household to leave and take shelter elsewhere, and that people can take a physically-distanced walk with one other person from a different household. 

Three men carry a piece of plywood.
Liam Elder-Connors / VPR

Vermont reported a record 148 cases Thursday, and state officials predict there will be a 50% increase in cases over the next six weeks.

Updated at 11:45 a.m. ET

Rising from the eastern shore of Lake Champlain, just south of the Canadian border, this distant city looks like a quaint throwback, with Victorian-era architecture, church steeples and a main shopping street laid with brick.

But over the last few years, Burlington, Vt., has become home to an invisible economy of people who work remotely for the world's most cutting-edge technology businesses — and the pandemic has only increased the number decamping to this bucolic enclave.

The front door of a building with a person going through the door.
Elodie Reed / VPR

Two weeks ago a cyberattack hit Vermont’s largest hospital, taking down many systems and radiating outward to impact several affiliated health care facilities.

people point to a car with a biden cutout in the sunroof along Burlington's Main Street
Elodie Reed / VPR

As Vermonters gathered Saturday to celebrate or protest former Vice President Joe Biden's win in the presidential election, members of state's Congressional delegation said the election's outcome is an opportunity to heal divisions in the country.

The UVM president, a mascot, a girl holding a giant cotton swab and Burlington's mayor stand for a photo
Liam Elder-Connors / VPR

Vermont's largest college has only seen a handful of coronavirus cases so far.

A man dumping a white bucket into a truck
Liam Elder-Connors / VPR

The state's new law that bans household food scraps in landfills went into effect on July 1. Vermonters are getting on board with the new system, which means transfer stations are struggling to keep up and new businesses are popping up to haul the food scraps to composting facilities.

A Black man speaks at a podium
Liam Elder-Connors / VPR

In response to demands for policing reform, the city of Burlington has hired a new “Director of Police Transformation.”

Logo for The Frequency podcast, from VPR.
Lara Dickson / For VPR

A visit to one of the state’s 87 new childcare locations. Plus, another COVID-19 case in a school, disparities in COVID-19 infection rates, and relief money for dairy farmers.

People in park stand with a sign that says "Fire Bellavance, Campbell, Corrow."
Abagael Giles / VPR File

The Burlington City Council voted almost unanimously Monday night to approve a buyout of a city police officer whose firing has been a central demand of racial justice protesters for the past month.

An alley with a church at the end of it.
Elodie Reed / VPR

What is the state of religion in Vermont? How do Vermonters characterize their beliefs?

Gov. Phil Scott stands at a podium next to a screen
Screenshot / ORCA Media

Gov. Phil Scott is allowing restaurants and hotels to expand their operations as the fall foliage season gets underway. His administration also spent a not-insignificant amount of time during Friday's press briefing on the finer points of what a creemee is.

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

The city of Burlington is suing the developers of a long-stalled mall revitalization project in the heart of downtown.

Phil Scott at a podium
Screenshot / ORCA Media

Vermont students returned to school on Tuesday, and state’s education secretary says he hopes districts will be able to offer more in-person instruction in the coming weeks if COVID-19 case rates remain low.

Logo for The Frequency podcast, from VPR.
Lara Dickson / For VPR

A food program connecting restaurants, farmers and community members in Brattleboro set to expand statewide. Plus, unemployed Vermonters don’t need to be looking for work, COVID-19 numbers, and pool school.

Tallahatchie County Correctional Facility
Rogelio V. Solis / Associated Press File

Vermont inmates held at an out-of-state prison experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak say they’re being kept in the dark and don’t always have access to appropriate care.

Logo for The Frequency podcast, from VPR.
Lara Dickson / For VPR

The Ben & Jerry’s program designed to encourage farmers to take better care of cows, land, and workers. Plus, college parties, Governor Scott’s buy-local incentive, and low COVID-19 numbers.

A sidewalk leading into a green grassy area with a building in the background
Liam Elder-Connors / VPR

The University of Vermont, plus state and city leaders, are expressing confidence that the school will be able to safely bring nearly 12,000 students back to campus and contain potential outbreaks of COVID-19.

Phil Scott at a podium
Screenshot / ORCA Media

Gov. Phil Scott has issued an executive order aimed at increasing Vermont's child care capacity as public schools plan to provide some or all education remotely.

A sign on the road the says Kingdom Trails
Liam Elder-Connors / VPR

The U.S.-Canada border closure, in effect since the pandemic struck in March, means the sudden loss of thousands of Canadian tourists — and the $150 million dollars they spend in Vermont.

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