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

  Ten-year-old author pens book to cope with loss of his mom

DPS: Gangster Disciples have called for deaths of police officers

  Fans hit by foul balls lead to talks of extended nets

  All Jackson police officers will carry new, updated tasers

  Giant sinkhole on Mill Street nicknamed “The Swimming Pool” by local workers

  Missing Canton man’s family fears foul play

Mississippi Ag Commissioner Andy Gipson’s father killed in situation involving law enforcement

  Recent development may revive Fernwood, Miss. cold case 24 years later

  Authorities: Legal opioid substitute is dangerous, even deadly

Councilman Kenneth Stokes says gun crime must end

  Candlelight vigil set for teen killed in drive-by shooting

  County prosecutor wants in on JPD teen sex case

  Summer feeding program prepares to fill bellies and hearts

  Vicksburg American Legion creates dropbox for tattered flags

  Seaman killed at Pearl Harbor finally on his way home

Florence doctor surrendered license, prescriptions revoked

Jackson Fire takes to the streets to ask you to “Fill the Boot"

Florence doctor’s office raided by federal and state drug agents

Six gang members indicted for prison attack

Police officer arrested in homicide of Oxford mother

Troop F interdiction Sgt. wins Trooper of the Year

Jessica Chambers’ murder suspect Quinton Tellis indicted in death of woman in Louisiana

  More Mississippi officers have died in May than any other month of the year

  MBN Director says a ‘thank you’ to law enforcement can go a long way

  Mississippi Hospital Association proposes $20 per month insurance plan

  Local feud in Lawrence County leads to multiple shootings on same rural road