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Yosemite Superintendent's Resignation Reveals Workplace Strife

Hope Hall - Presidential Videographer
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A still image from a video taken this summer showing Yosemite Superintendent Don Neubacher meeting with President Obama at an event to celebrate the 100th anniversay of the National Park Service.

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.

Joe Moore is the President and General Manager of Valley Public Radio. During his tenure, he's helped lead the station through major programming changes and the COVID-19 pandemic, while maintaining the station's financial health. From 2010-2018 he served as the station's Director of Program Content. In that role, he also served as the host of Valley Edition, and helped launch and grow the station's award-winning local news department. He is a Fresno native and a graduate of California State University, Fresno.
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