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
Lt. Marzell Brooks died of Covid-19 in November. Over the weekend, Capt. David Johnson succumbed to a heart attack. Between the two of them, they had close to 50 years in the Brookhaven School District as school resource officers.