Ed BarberEd Barber is credited with helping The Alligator reach a financially stable level of independence following its split from UF. After serving in the U.S Coast Guard reserves, he enrolled at Uf in the summer of 1963. He was just a freshman when he joined the ranks at the Alligator. Barber covered the Tigert Hall beat while also working in the production department. He would later apply and get the position as assistant production manager.

Between 1963 and 1973, Barber he became known as the paper's "special interviewer", interviewing prominent speakers in a one-on-one interview. He dropped out of UF to focus more on the business areas of the paper, and eventually became the production manager. After the abortion stint and the pass over of ownership to the privately owned Campus Communications, Barber turned down the opportunity to remain the general manager. He later took a job with UF as the Director of Publications.

Barber is known for his humble manner, fierce attitude toward a free press, his savvy business skills and long-standing commitment to The Alligator. He has earned several awards for his writing, design and advertising work. He was honored and awarded a Distinguished Alumnus award from UF.