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

  McComb needs a fire truck, and they’re not the only ones

  Judge: Victim of Braxton homicide was shot in the head

  Update: Bond revoked for suspects arrested in connection with Rankin County homicide

Real estate shortage causing seller’s market in central Mississippi

  No extended hours for local bars on New Year’s Eve

  Neighbors involved in fatal Rankin County shooting had previous problems

  Neighbor’s video shows events leading up to Rankin County shooting Monday

  Search for missing hunters will continue, even on Christmas Day

  Families seek answers about alleged rapists’ bonds

  Canceled Christmas parties take holiday strain on restaurants that host them

  Non-violent offenders can find a second chance at the Mississippi Expungement Center

  Mother and daughter graduate from college together after unspeakable loss

  Brookhaven landmark damaged by car crash

  Letters dropped off here guaranteed an answer from Santa

  Accused cop killer Marquis Flowers granted change of venue in upcoming trial

Rankin County Chamber’s ‘Let it Glow’ gives you maps of sensational light displays

  Complaint filed against Brookhaven officer; Chief disputes radio traffic

  Miss. councilwoman charged in Walmart parking lot shooting

  Crystal Springs light show brings joy to community during pandemic

  Community Thanksgiving adapts to COVID-19, everyone still eats

  Small bakery owners work holiday crunch in wake of COVID-19

  Experts: Putting your dog on a chain can be dangerous

  Clinton K-9 receives the gift of added protection

  Popular Tchula Police Chief is back and things have changed

  ‘A tremendous loss’: Historic Yazoo City home burns along with three others

  Coroners react with concerns about Chief Medical Examiner’s administrative leave

  Veteran Brookhaven police officer dies of coronavirus contracted on duty

Chief Medical Examiner for the State of Mississippi placed on administrative leave

1 dead in afternoon triple shooting

  Dentists see proof of increased stress in 2020 in people’s teeth