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

  Canton city leaders ask for community cooperation in solving crimes

  1 dead, 3 critical after shooting at McDonald’s in Canton

  Magnolia aldermen extend mask mandate until January, rescind outdoor party and firework allowance

  Vanished Quitman County couple still missing after a year, signs point to foul play

  Man steals cattle trailers, runs from cops

  Car crashes into wall of Pearl Pawn Shop, driver okay

  Church looking forward with faith after car ends up in the sanctuary

  86 days left in 2020: First responders feel hurricane fatigue after long year of disasters

  Holiday crafters prepare all year for the holiday season, hope COVID stays home

  Copiah mother warns neighbors after children approached multiple times by strangers

  Mask mandate lapses, causing some Mississippians to worry

  Federal operation in South Mississippi adds to Project Eject success

  Authorities researching hate crime statutes after 2 white men allegedly shoot at, try to run down black teens

  Accused rapist, 15, faces $2 million bond in elderly Mississippi woman’s attack

  One North State Street repaving project finished, one to go

  Deion Sanders’ move to JSU will be a good thing, Metro residents say

McComb civil service commission orders fired police chief be reinstated

Hinds Co.: Suspect in custody after shots fired at deputies

  State Auditor: Ole Miss professor who went on strike broke the law

  ‘Let’s stop making excuses;’ Families still waiting on laptops for students 6 weeks into school year

  Brain cancer no match for 7-year-old Aubree Sutton

  Hundreds of ‘Boaters for Trump’ gather at the Reservoir to support the president’s reelection

  ’I felt that death was inevitable:’ Coronavirus survivor talks about 2 days in the bathtub, unable to move

  Warren Co. 15-year-old charged with murder has bond set at $1 million

  ’Austin, come home’: Search continues for missing Byram teen

  COVID-19 shutdown has led to better days for state parks

  Dog chews fiber optic in half, disrupts communications for weeks at a cost of around $7,000

  Officials say Mississippi is not a ‘major source’ of illegal weapons in Chicago

  Brief fight breaks out at peaceful protest in Brandon

  As anti-cop sentiment mounts, Mississippi-based peer support group saves lives