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 yellow sandwich board reading "glover ems vaccine clinic J&J shot 9-10:30 am" with people standing in the background
Elodie Reed / VPR

Gov. Phil Scott announced today he’s lifting remaining pandemic restrictions after Vermont reached 80% of people ages 12 and older receiving at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

A farm expands to open a grocery store in South Hero. Plus, UVM to require vaccines, take-out alcohol will continue and COVID-19 numbers.

A sign in the grass, near some trees.
Lydia Brown / VPR

None of the 1,200 or so people held by the Vermont Department of Corrections died from COVID-19, making it the only state in the country with no coronavirus fatalities among its incarcerated population. But while protocols like regular testing and lockdowns might have helped Vermont prisons avoid the worst of the pandemic, the strict lockdown measures took a toll.

The mental health toll of prison lockdowns in Vermont. Plus, over 3,000 vaccine shots to go, permanent mail-in voting and Koffee Kup’s new buyer.

What it means for 12-15 year olds to be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Plus, discipline disparities in Burlington schools, Castleton’s middle school closing, and COVID-19 vaccination progress.

A person in t-shirt draws a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Liam Elder-Connors / VPR

More than 300,000 Vermonters are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The state has one of the highest rates in the country, with nearly 77% of eligible residents having received at least one dose. But getting a vaccine is not an easy take for everyone.

COVID-19 vaccines for Vermonters experiencing homelessness. And how the state remembers historical figures who are BIPOC.

A look at the budget passed by the Vermont Legislature. Plus, COVID-19 numbers, a priority response system for Burlington Police, and an event to discuss race and media.

Efforts to protect a threatened species of turtle. Plus, a rising vaccination rate, state pensions, and 301 kinds of bee.

Northeast Kingdom residents call for better mental health care in the region. Plus, Ripton is leaving its school district, the border will stay closed, and more birds are back in town.

A red "for rent" sign against a blue sky.
mphillips007 / iStock

It’s been a tough year for thousands of Vermont tenants. Many renters lost income due to the pandemic. Unpaid bills and missing rent payments have piled up and when the state and federal eviction moratoriums end, thousands could be at risk of losing their apartment.

That’s why Congress allocated billions of dollars to programs to help tenants pay back-rent. In Vermont, a new rental assistance program launched in early April could be a lifeline for struggling residents.

Sign warning visitors not to enter at St. Michaels College
Henry Epp / VPR File

The Scott administration has prioritized older Vermonters in the vaccine rollout over the past several months, taking an approach to inoculate those who are most likely to die from COVID-19. But cases are still rising, most notably among people in their 20s. In the meantime, college students are living under strict COVID-19 regulations, restricting their ability to socialize.

A woman wearing a mask leans against a couch in a carpeted living room, with skylights.
James Buck / Seven Days

The stairs reminded Tina Fede that she was sick. The little residential care home she manages in Bennington has just one flight, and she usually trots up and down it without a thought. Now the steps left her short of breath.

A hand holds a cane.
James Buck / Seven Days and VPR File

The focus on COVID-19 last year didn't mean that the typical problems in Vermont's eldercare facilities went away.

As state regulators focused on the COVID-19 pandemic, there were severe lapses in care at residential facilities. Plus, a second public hearing on pensions, COVID-19 numbers, and lake trout.

A staffing agency helping Vermonters in recovery find work. Plus, Vermont State Police pledges to increase women in the force, a farmer threatens the Secretary of Agriculture, and COVID-19 numbers.

Vermont’s Attorney General has refiled charges in three high-profile murder or attempted murder cases in the past two years, including one just last week. Plus, a plan for the state’s pension system, the high cost of universal school meals, and a call for elected leaders to denounce hate crimes against Asians and Asian Americans.

A woman, Pam Reith, wearing a teal sweater, holds a portrait of her mother, Beverly Peterson, in front of a piano.
James Buck / Seven Days

In late 2019, Seven Days and Vermont Public Radio published a series of stories that revealed Vermont's state-regulated eldercare facilities often failed their mostly elderly denizens, with medical errors and accidents leading to harm and even deaths.

Isolation during the pandemic has had devastating effects on residents of eldercare facilities. Plus, almost a third of Vermonters vaccinated, Gov. Scott to get his shot, and peregrine falcons.

What an ice core has to teach us about climate change. Plus, tapping trees (not just maple), vaccination disparities, and COVID-19 numbers.

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