Visit Tuscaloosa has named Chelsea Barton-Kelly the new marketing content manager. Chelsea Barton-Kelly, a native of Marion, Alabama, graduated from Judson College with honors in 2010, having earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and Journalism. She has been happily married to her husband Hayden Kelly for almost two years. 

For twelve years, Chelsea served WVUA 23 as its lead reporter and anchor and is dedicated to improving the Tuscaloosa community through her involvement with multiple local organizations. She has been involved with the United Cerebral Palsy of West Alabama and the Tuscaloosa Police Athletic League since 2011, and she serves on the board for both. Additionally, she is an active participant in the Junior League of Tuscaloosa, where her efforts to improve the local community were recognized by her inclusion in the Tuscaloosa News’ 40 Under 40 list. During her time there, she provided guidance and mentorship to many students who eventually pursued careers in media and communications. Her service is well known to many people in the Tuscaloosa area. 

As a broadcast journalist, Barton-Kelly reported on major events with poise and integrity, keeping the public informed about the COVID-19 pandemic and response as well as the April 27, 2011 tornado which caused extensive damage and tragic loss of life. In addition, she strived to engage her viewers by sharing uplifting stories from the community that she personally found enjoyable.  

In her position as Marketing Content Manager at Visit Tuscaloosa, Barton-Kelly will utilize digital content and media relations to build a powerful tourism brand for Tuscaloosa. She will plan and implement advertising strategies, compile press releases, and work with local tourism partners to advertise the region’s assets. Consequently, she can expect to observe more overnight tourism, spending, and taxes for the city of Tuscaloosa.  We will her Good Luck in her new endeavors. 

(Source: Visit Tuscaloosa)