Therese Apel

Therese Apel


Jackson, MS

Therese Apel was the breaking news and crime reporter at The Clarion-Ledger from 2010 to 2018, after spending almost four years at the Daily Leader in Brookhaven. She began her journalism career at the Copiah County Courier when she was 15, writing high school sports and features for the weekly county newspaper.

During her time at the newspaper, Apel distinguished herself with her work on the 2014 Jessica Chambers burning death, and in 2017, the accused murderer of eight Lincoln County residents spoke to her on camera at the scene, confessed to one of the murders. She also worked such high-profile cases such as the Kingston Frazier, Otis Byrd, and Myra Lewis investigations.

Apel has been featured in documentaries on the Chambers case, and has been appeared on numerous national news programs to talk about her reporting. She has also won several Associated Press, USA Today, and Mississippi Press Association awards for her work.

Apel was the first female sports director at the campus television station during her time at the University of Mississippi, where she graduated in Broadcast Journalism and Criminal Justice.


  • University of Mississippi; Broadcast Journalism, Criminal Justice

Recent Articles by Therese

  18 months after being shot in the head, Brookhaven boy gets prosthetic skull

  3 days, 2 shootings, 1 dead: Related shootings at Warren County apartments worry residents

  Madison Middle School parents defend son accused of school threats: ‘He’s gentle’

  U.S. Marshals ‘tickled to death’ about Blair E. Batson toy drive

  Man injured after shots fired on I-55 Frontage Road in Ridgeland

  State auditor’s findings show MBN executive director to repay $30K to taxpayers

  Madison mom upset after suspended child gets on campus

  Canton Christmas Festival lights up the night

  Night before Thanksgiving is a big night out, statistics show

  Christian Andreacchio’s family files residency suit against District Attorney

  Online appointments take hours off drivers license process

  Ridgeland schools work together to help students displaced by weekend fires

  Infant care suspended at Brandon facility where child died

  Simpson County man dies after wedding party; Newlyweds arrested

  Red Cross working to help victims of three weekend apartment fires

  Ole Miss, State fans remain optimistic despite tough weekend challenges

  Silver Alerts ramp up in the winter. How can you protect your loved ones?

Entergy workers in hospital after being injured at federal building downtown

  “He’s as dangerous as there is": Jessica Chambers’ accused killer gets bond in Louisiana case

Accused cop killer pleads not guilty in shooting deaths of two Brookhaven officers

  Putting up Christmas decorations early can make you a happier person, experts say

  Shelter for abused women now offers safe haven for clients’ pets, too

  After election day, more than one-third of the state’s sheriffs are new

Student arrested after bringing gun to school campus

  Judge Tomie Green throws out petition to make Jackson follow Civil Service orders on sidelined cops

Unidentified man dies in JPD custody over the weekend, coroner confirms

  Community help movement ripped straight from gang literature

  Landowner, City of Clinton at odds over rundown property downtown

Twenty-five current and former agents file lawsuit against Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics over experience pay

  Jackson homicide victim’s best friend says he knows who the killer is