Liam Elder-Connors


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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Exterior of the Vermont Supreme Court.
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Vermont's highest court heard arguments Wednesday over whether Burlington Police can charge a fee to someone who wants to look at body camera footage.

Burlington Police Chief Brandon del Pozo, left, and Deputy Chief of Operations Jon Murad speak at a press conference Wednesday in Burlington.
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Vermont's chief medical examiner has ruled 54-year-old Douglas Kilburn's death was a homicide, but could not identify a specific cause of death.

Kilburn's death certificate — released Wednesday — lists several contributing factors, including cardiac disease, obesity, diabetes, as well as skull fractures from an impact. Three days before Kilburn was found dead, the Burlington man was in an altercation with police outside UVM Medical Center. 

Woodside Juvenile Rehabilitation Center in Colchester is the state's only locked facility for kids. A lawsuit alleges staffers used "dangerous and pain restraint" techniques at the facility.
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The Defender General’s Office has sued Vermont’s only juvenile detention facility, accusing staffers of using “dangerous and painful restraint” techniques and other disciplinary methods that run afoul of common standards.

(L to R) Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger swears in the four councilor elected last month. Incumbent Democrat Joan Shannon was re-elected and Democrat  Franklin Paulino and Progressives Jack Hanson and Perri Freeman are starting their first terms.
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A third party is gaining political clout in Vermont’s largest city. The Progressive Party scored two wins on Town Meeting Day, giving them nearly half the seats on the City Council, and pushing famously liberal Burlington even farther to the left.

Now, with a stronger coalition, Progressives see an opportunity to push their agenda on topics like climate change.

Quebec City skyline
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Lawmakers in Quebec are considering a law that would ban public employees from wearing religious symbols at work.

Jack Sawyer sits in Rutland criminal court on Wednesday, April 25.
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Jack Sawyer, the Poultney teenager accused of plotting a shooting at Fair Haven Union High School, was deemed a youthful offender Friday for the offense of carrying a dangerous weapon.

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Voters held annual Town Meetings across the state yesterday, making decisions on town and school budgets, select board races and a whole host of local issues.

Downtown Winooski. Residents in Winooski will vote on Town Meeting Day for a bond to build a new parking garage. City officials says current parking is near capacity and more is needed as more development comes to downtown.
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At a time when many communities in Vermont worry about declining populations and losing young people, Winooski bucks that trend. The population is growing and the city’s median age is about 31.

On Town Meeting Day, residents will vote on building a new parking garage in Winooski’s burgeoning downtown. The proposed garage and the hotel that’s expected to follow are just the latest signs of Winooski’s upward trajectory.

Lyndon Institute. In January, a 16-year reportedly made threats towards Lyndon Institute. Police investigated and at this time no criminal charges are filed.
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The Vermont State Police started tracking school threats after an averted school shooting in Fair Haven last year. Since August 2018, 35 threats have been reported across the state.

That’s more than one school threat a week since the beginning of the academic year. Of those reported, VPR has learned that only 10 resulted in prosecutors filing charges.

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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.