Anton Harber (October 27, 1958) is a South African journalist. He is an adjunct professor of journalism at the University of the Witwatersrand, a columnist for Business Day, and the co-editor or author of three books.

Anton Harber
BornOctober 27, 1958
Durban, South Africa
Alma materUniversity of the Witwatersrand
Spouse(s)Harriet Gavshon
RelativesArthur Gavshon

Early lifeEdit

Anton Harber was born on October 27, 1958 in Durban, South Africa.[1] He graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand.[1]


Harber was the founding editor of the Weekly Mail, later known as the Mail & Guardian.[2] He was the Chair of the South African Conference of Editors in 1991, the chair of the National Association of Broadcasters in 1998, and the chair of the Freedom of Expression Institute in 2010.[3] He serves on the board of directors of the Global Investigative Journalism Network.[4] In March 2016, he became the editor-in-chief of eNCA.[4]

Harber was the Caxton Professor of Journalism at his alma mater, the University of the Witwatersrand.[2] He is now an adjunct professor of journalism.[3] He is the co-editor of two books about HIV/AIDS and investigative journalism in South Africa, and the author of a third book about Diepsloot.

Personal lifeEdit

Harber is married to Harriet Gavshon, a television producer.[5] He is related to the late investigative journalist Arthur Gavshon.[6]


  • Harber, A.; Palitza, K.; Ridgard, N.; Struthers, eds. (2010). What is Left Unsaid: Reporting the South African HIV Epidemic. Auckland Park, South Africa: Jacana Media. ISBN 9781920196257. OCLC 1017457773.
  • Harber, Anton; Renn, Margaret, eds. (2010). Troublemakers: The Best of South Africa’s Investigative Journalism. Auckland Park, South Africa: Jacana Media. ISBN 9781770098930. OCLC 794905854.
  • Harber, Anton (2011). Diepsloot. Johannesburg, South Africa: Jonathan Ball. ISBN 9781868424214. OCLC 707332972.


  1. ^ a b "ANTON HARBER". Who's Who in South Africa. Archived from the original on February 18, 2018. Retrieved February 17, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Anton Harber". Reuters Institute. University of Oxford. Retrieved February 17, 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Adjunct Professor Anton Harber". University of the Witwatersrand. Retrieved February 17, 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Wits Journalism head Anton Harber to leave for ENCA top post". Wits Journalism. University of the Witwatersrand. February 5, 2016. Retrieved February 17, 2018.
  5. ^ Foster, Douglas (2012). After Mandela: The Struggle for Freedom in Post-Apartheid South Africa. New York City: W.W. Norton & Co. p. 551. ISBN 9780393078275. OCLC 774913262.
  6. ^ "Arthur Gavshon: The soft hard newsman". The Guardian. July 31, 1995. p. 9. Retrieved February 17, 2018 – via