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

  Professionals say your gloves may not protect you if you wear them wrong

  Self-reporting disaster damage with new program can help streamline recovery process

  State Health Officer says coronavirus may be ‘pandemic scenario of our generation’

  Bogue Chitto not broken but unified after 2017 shooting spree that left 8 dead

Willie Cory Godbolt sentenced to death for 2017 crime spree that left 8 dead

Suspect in shooting deaths of 2 Alcorn State students facing 2 counts of murder

  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

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

  4-H preparing kids for more than raising farm animals

  Former inmates say Parchman Unit 29 problems are not new

Reformed gang members working to make a better life for others

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

  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

Investigators say Gangster Disciples and Vice Lords fighting in state prisons

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

  U.S. Attorney chastises Jackson officials, judges over crime in the capital city

State auditor’s findings show MBN executive director to repay $30K to taxpayers

Christian Andreacchio’s family files residency suit against District Attorney

  Online appointments take hours off drivers license process

Simpson County man dies after wedding party; Newlyweds arrested

  Ole Miss, State fans remain optimistic despite tough weekend challenges

  Silver Alerts ramp up in the winter. How can you protect your loved ones?

  “He’s as dangerous as there is": Jessica Chambers’ accused killer gets bond in Louisiana case

  Putting up Christmas decorations early can make you a happier person, experts say

  Shelter for abused women now offers safe haven for clients’ pets, too

  Community help movement ripped straight from gang literature

Twenty-five current and former agents file lawsuit against Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics over experience pay

  Mississippi firefighters push themselves to the limit to attain elite Smoke Diver designation