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

  Rankin County first responders pay tribute to medical community

  Clinton police on the road, enforcing state’s shelter-in-place order

  Essential or not? Some businesses close just in case, some stay open

  Impacts of shelter in place order already starting to show for local business owners

  Reeves takes criticism on social media over shelter in place orders

  MDOT: We’re not closing down interstates

  Professionals say your gloves may not protect you if you wear them wrong

  Teacher parade reconnects teachers and their students with social distancing

  Brookhaven Little Libraries serve to feed the needy during coronavirus crisis

  ‘We don’t want to lose no one else’: Two more killed at deadly Copiah County train crossing

  Biscuit shop keeps breakfast served in Brookhaven, coronavirus or not

  New coronavirus testing sites opening in Jackson area

  Small towns face coronavirus threat by unifying, keeping each other afloat

  Ridgeland sergeant sanitizes police cruiser not only to protect himself and arrestees, but his kids

  Police deal with coronavirus risks as they continue to protect their communities during pandemic

1 at large after high speed pursuit from Pearl to Brandon

  Officials: Be aware of domestic violence risks as you shelter in groups at home

  Jackson mayor shuts down city buildings, asks restaurants to consider pick-up/delivery only

  Six coronavirus cases in Mississippi, number expected to rise quickly

Clinton officer, woman both shot in domestic disturbance Thursday night

  Event venues, promoters weighing to cancel or not in coronavirus hysteria

  Grand Marshal of St. Paddy’s Day Parade says cancelation won’t kill his fun

  Belhaven man says he was chased, almost ran over attempted carjacker

  Greenville pastor says he was targeted for ‘driving while black’ in Richland

  Volunteer first responders eye Coronavirus protective measures

  Self-reporting disaster damage with new program can help streamline recovery process

  State Health Officer says coronavirus may be ‘pandemic scenario of our generation’

  State Epidemiologist: Right now flu more realistic concern in Mississippi

  Bogue Chitto not broken but unified after 2017 shooting spree that left 8 dead

  Willie Cory Godbolt sentenced to death for 2017 crime spree that left 8 dead