Carla Jean Whitley

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Carla Jean Whitley

Carla Jean Whitley (born c. 1981) is a reporter, writer and former managing editor of Birmingham magazine.

Whitley graduated from Mandarin High School in Jacksonville, Florida. She earned a bachelor's in communication at Florida State University and a master's in journalism at the University of Alabama. She worked as a features, health, religion and community reporter for the Tuscaloosa News, Cullman Times and Birmingham News and also contributed to page design and copy editing. As a freelance writer, her work appeared in BookPage, Alabama Alumni magazine, Relevant, the Huntsville Times and Sky.

Whitley was made managing editor of the Alabama Media Group's Birmingham magazine in December 2006. She was also the founder of the music blog Birmingham Box Set, which was active from 2008 to 2014 and worked as a features reporter for While in Birmingham, Whitley also volunteered for literacy programs including Better Basics Motivators of Reading Enrichment and Desert Island Supply Co. She has served as an instructor at the University of Alabama's Department of Journalism since 2012 and taught at Samford University in 2013. She is also a certified yoga instructor.

In January 2017 Whitley moved to Colorado to accept the job of features editor for the Glenwood Springs Post Independent. She returned to Birmingham in July 2018, and now works in corporate communications at Brasfield & Gorrie.


  • Whitley, Carla Jean (2014) Muscle Shoals Sound Studio: How the Swampers Changed American Music. Charleston, South Carolina: The History Press ISBN 1626192391
  • Whitley, Carla Jean (2015) Birmingham Beer: A Heady History of Brewing in the Magic City. Mount Pleasant, South Carolina: Arcadia Publishing ISBN 9781626194564