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

  As rabbits fly off the shelves, buyers are warned: bunnies are a commitment

  Woman found dead in McComb attorney’s home

  Law enforcement officials discuss curtailing nightclub violence

  Brookhaven vet accused of poisoning neighbor’s dog found guilty in justice court

  MHP identifies two men, one woman killed in fiery crash on I-20

  Co-Lin goes back to full time traditional classes in the fall

  Local gun stores see uptick in sales when gun control discussions start

  Jackson man dies in police custody, family wants answers

  Dangerous curve causes a family’s home to get hit twice in one week. The City of Jackson has yet to respond

  Mobile home dwellers should take precautions during severe weather

  Gun show vendors receive surprise fee from city of Jackson

  New outreach program aims to help homeless get back on their feet

  Kids get back to sports one year after start of COVID in Mississippi

  Mother of victim in fatal Old Fannin Road hit and run begs driver to come forward

  Residents still affected by water outages as crews continue work

Woman killed in hit-and-run on Old Fannin Road

Former ranking state official arrested on child sex charges

  ‘I feel Nick’s spirit with me’: Mother won’t give up on answers in slain son’s case

Emergency management agencies batten down the hatches for winter storm

  Dogs and cats need shelter from the ice storm, and so do other animals

  Experts: Gangs are key in human trafficking industry

  So Jackson has a gang problem. What does that mean?

  Former JPD officers blast ‘misleading’ press conference

  Brookhaven mourns long-time school resource officer, second to die in three months

  Family cherishes capital murder conviction for slain toddler’s stepmother

State Medical Examiner resigns, leaves unfinished work, holes in investigations

  Crime rising, police numbers suffering statewide

  Witness recounts being 5-10 feet from shooters on Marshall Place

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

  Judge: Victim of Braxton homicide was shot in the head