Yates began his career in Washington D.C. at NBC Nightly News as David Brinkley's assistant in 1978. Two years later Yates was hired by ABC News CLOSEUP documentary unit in New York. Yates' broadcast news and documentary film work has taken him virtually around the world. His documentary films have won numerous awards including National Emmy Awards, The Overseas Press Club Award and a Cable Ace Award. Since 1996 Yates has directed and produced seven documentary films for HBO's America Undercover series. Among his HBO films Yates did several on mental health which featured such notable people as Kim Basinger, Mike Wallace and William Styron. In 1997 he directed Discovery Channel's highest rated documentary series, SPY-TEK, narrated by Roger Moore. Yates was the Senior Correspondent and New York Bureau Chief for Paramount Pictures HARD COPY which debuted in 1989. Yates covered the 1988 presidential race for CNN. Yates latest HBO documentary "Montana Meth" is slated to air March 2007.