The year 2016 was supposed to be one of celebration at Yosemite National Park, one of the crown jewels of the now century-old National Park Service. But while President Obama did visit the park to celebrate the NPR Centennial this past summer, a new scandal has rocked the park and those who work there. Allegations of a hostile work environment, gender discrimination and sexual harassment led longtime park superintendent Don Neubacher to unexpectedly resign last week.
His early retirement came just days after a top female employee testified before a congressional committee about her concerns over the workplace environment under Neubacher. Others have also come forward to express their concerns about his leadership. So what does this mean for the park and for visitors? We spoke with Greg Little, editor of the Mariposa Gazette about the latest developments, including news that Neubacher's wife has retired from her post overseeing national parks in the western U.S.