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

  Rural responders prepared for severe weather system in Lincoln County

  Volunteer firefighter shortage not only affects safety, it may also impact your wallet

  Want to buy a haunted house? Ask about ‘stigmatized properties’

  Lincoln County specialty tea farm finds niche for their product worldwide

  Mississippi law enforcement training aims to prevent trigger-happy officers

  Attorneys: JPD overlooking findings of its own Internal Affairs Department, endangering community

Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics Chief of Staff resigns under pressure

  Monticello attorney gets videographer to build hype video to save local ballfield

  Rankin County’s hero K-9 retires in style thanks to national nonprofit for working dogs

  Family gives update on Madison Co. Deputy Brad Sullivan

  Mother of 8-year-old now official suspect in his sexual battery and murder

  Brandon Theesfeld’s attorney talks about what’s next after ‘not guilty’ plea

  Jackson Zoo closes gates for at least 2 to 3 months, city officials say

  2019 is Mississippi’s 2nd largest alligator haul; officials say hunters are getting better

  MBI investigator details events leading up to arrest of accused shooter of Madison County deputy

  Celebrities, law enforcement from around the country send injured Madison deputy well-wishes

  Early tech training: Some kids could bypass college

  Former Pike County youth jail to become art school

  Hero police officer sues City of Pearl to get his job back

  Zoo set to change hands Oct. 1, but questions about licensure remain

  Zach’s M&Ms melt your heart, not in your hands

  Jackson police officers still on the desk more than a month after order to return to duty

Alleged shooter of Madison County Deputy used fully automatic military weapon

  ‘You just put blinders on and you do it. I want to live': Human trafficking survivor tells her story

  Coroner identifies 21-year-old shot to death in Pelahatchie

  ‘The entire department needs our prayers’: Deputy Brad Sullivan still fighting for life

  Rankin County interdiction team hunts more than just drugs

  Mississippi responders helping with Dorian in Florida

Alleged gang convention still going strong in Hattiesburg

  In order to change the community, Lee Vance says "get your butt up... and get in the fight”