Ed Herbst started his news career as a photographer with the Natal Witness in 1968 but quickly switched to reporting while retaining an interest in photography.
He joined the SABC in its Pretoria news office as a camera reporter in 1977, one year after television was introduced in South Africa.
In 1978 he was seconded to the SABC’s Windhoek office for six months to cover the run-up to the country’s UN-monitored election and was then posted to the SABC’s Sea Point news office.
He asked for early retirement in 2005 because of pervasive SABC corruption, news censorship and unaddressed abusive treatment of staff.
From 2007 to 2009 he was employed as a consultant in the media department of the Cape Town municipality but became a pensioner when personal circumstances forced him to retire.
He now writes without remuneration for local websites about the interface between media and politics.
He is writing a book on media capture after 1994.