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

  Petal Police Chief: Lives ‘absolutely’ saved as a result of keen eyes at WalMart

  Armed man in custody after ‘suspicious person’ call from Petal Walmart

  Flags and flamingos: Party pothole becomes mascot for Jackson neighborhood

State Street construction continues despite frustration from residents

Family identifies 5-month-old baby boy who died at Brandon childcare facility

  911 calls on outskirts of Clinton may end up at Hinds County dispatch

Brandon police investigating death of 5-month-old child

  Some undocumented immigrants involved in Mississippi ICE raids allegedly stole American citizens’ identities

  'It’s so painful’: Families affected by ICE raids ask for mercy

  Nearly 300 detained in ICE raids released, officials confirm

  Researcher talks about evolution of an active shooter

Suspended swimming coach is still employed, school district says

  Surviving the shooter: Police chief offers tips for living through mass shooting

  Southaven mourns loss of two veteran Walmart workers

  Clinton police arrest 23 in city’s first ever human trafficking operation

  ‘Ally was pure light': Friend says Ally Kostial was kind to even ‘most evil’ people

  ‘It could have been me’: Woman talks about dates with Brandon Theesfeld

  No bond hearing set for suspect in Ally Kostial murder

  What happened to Ally Kostial? Details start to emerge

  Officials: Getting high on wasp spray can kill you

  Deadly batch of ‘bad’ heroin kills at least 5 in metro area, officials say

  FBI solicits applications for invitation-only job fair for women

JPD busts ‘dispensary party,’ finds edible marijuana treats, gun, other paraphernalia

  Gangs making headlines: The Metro area has its fair share

  Both Central Miss. Correctional Facility escapees back in custody

  Day 5: Search continues for escaped inmates

  New Madrid Fault could create a sizable earthquake, Mississippi could be affected

  Daughter of Helen Harrion reacts to another elderly woman attacked in neighborhood

  Raymond jail conditions are ‘not safe for anybody’

  'She never cried’: Friends of mom charged with sexual battery speak about odd behavior after son’s death