Jon Yates has been writing the What’s Your Problem? column for the Chicago Tribune since 2005. Prior to coming to the Tribune in 2000, he was a police reporter at the Nashville Tennessean, and covered Sonny Bono’s re-election campaign for the Palm Springs Desert Sun in 1996. An Iowa native, he once placed third in the Southeast Iowa Regional Grocery Bagging competition. He also plays for a historically bad softball team and brews moderately palatable beer.