National Parks Oceans Fisheries

Rob Hotakainen



Rob joined E&E News in 2017 to cover national parks and oceans after working for McClatchy's Washington Bureau and Minneapolis' Star Tribune in Washington, D.C., for nearly two decades. Rob was named Washington's top regional reporter in 2010, winning the David Lynch Prize for Regional Reporting for his work covering California issues. While at McClatchy, he also covered trade and regional issues in Washington state, Missouri, Kansas and Idaho.

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NPS employees ask: Where is P. Daniel Smith?

P. Daniel Smith stepped down from his perch as acting chief of the National Park Service and took on a remote, high-pay position leading the Interior Department's efforts to celebrate the 250th anniversary of U.S. independence. But NPS employees allege that Smith has been missing in action, generating "no real work product" in the past four months.