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

  Citizens cleaning, returning to life after the flood

  Brandon High School hosts police K9 trials this weekend

  Alleged Baptist Hospital shooter had murder, domestic violence in arrest record

  Brother, father of slain Alcorn State student ask shooter to come forward: ‘Do the right thing’

  Rankin Co. officials stress ‘turn around, don’t drown’ as flood waters cover streets

  Emergency operations officials talk about possible weekend flooding

  Man who punched principal was angry over children’s expulsion, suspension

  Couple takes great loss on side-by-side stores to flooding in Yazoo City

  ’I don’t have anything:’ Hilltop Inn fire displaces dozens

  Simpson, Smith counties picking up pieces after Wednesday’s severe weather

  Apparent tornado damages homes, downs trees and power lines in Simpson County

  Auto burglars hit same Byram business three times in apparent crime spree

  4-H preparing kids for more than raising farm animals

  Man allegedly shot by police has been accused of murder 3 times

  CAPTURED: Miss. man faked suicide to avoid rape charge, U.S. Marshals say

  Former inmates say Parchman Unit 29 problems are not new

  Pets being shot in Brookhaven neighborhood, families concerned

  Reformed gang members working to make a better life for others

  Prayer For Prisons rally brings emotional appeals from family members, pastors, politicians

  Security cameras help Brandon police make auto burglary arrests

  Don’t get in flood waters, EOC director warns: ‘There’s glass, there’s rodents’

  Group in Brookhaven hosts monthly rally in hopes of praying the crime away

  Jackson mayor stresses preparation as weekend storms bring the potential for flooding

  Mobile home dwellers should seek sturdy shelter in severe weather

  Inaccurate gang names in MDOC database lead to questions

  ‘That’s somebody’s son’: Families of inmates at Parchman say they’re worried, angry at conditions

  Vicksburg apartments go up in flames

  Investigators say Gangster Disciples and Vice Lords fighting in state prisons

  Families of alleged rape victims inside Yazoo Regional Correctional Facility want justice

  Former JPD officers talk about area where 2 children were shot on Medgar Evers