Benjamin Pogrund began working as a journalist for South Africa's Rand Daily Mail in 1958. He quickly became their specialist on "black affairs," with the title of "native reporter," covering the activities of the ANC and black leaders such as Nelson Mandella and Robert Sobukwe, both of whom became Pogrund's lifelong friends. He was tried by the Apartheid regime for a number of articles he wrote on prison. He rose to eventually become deputy editor of the paper during his 26-year tenure there. Today, he heads the Centre for Social Concern in Jerusalem, where he lives with his wife Anne, an artist.