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

  Trooper shot, killed in Jefferson Co.; $108K reward offered for suspect

  Sister Act: Presidential hopeful relies on sister to help execute ‘Operation Restoration'

  Rankin County Schools announce one-week delay, hybrid start for all students

  Back to school or not? Parents voice concerns about children’s return to the classrooms

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  In spite of COVID-19 woes, some still dream of being nurses

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  MEA clinics work on appointment logistics

  At least 3 Mississippi officers have been lost to CoViD-19, highlighting worries for first responders

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  Local music venues among many nationally in jeopardy

  Justice at a standstill in 6-year-old Helen Harrion case

  Fans, coaches, parents react to delayed football season

  Pearl Public School District addresses reopening questions from parents at board meeting

  Residents of counties with tighter restrictions have mixed views

  The message gets more ominous as record-high coronavirus deaths announced Tuesday

  New law enforcement officers training for the times

  Praying Over the Mayhem: Unity Rally in Brandon opposed by counter-protesters

  Ridgeland pilots program that helps keep minor offenders out of the system

  Family of man who died in Madison County custody wants criminal charges

  Wear your mask or get a citation, Jackson mayor says

  Woman taken to local hospital after barricading herself inside Jackson hotel room

  Top Miss. health official: ‘Absolutely terrified we’re going to overwhelm health care system'

  Attorney: ‘Don’t play another down until the flag comes down'

  Mayor asks Jacksonians to take personal responsibility to thwart CoViD-19

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  Officer-involved shootings: What’s a justifiable use of force?

  Deputy James Blair’s funeral brings out support for his family, law enforcement