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

  As rabbits fly off the shelves, buyers are warned: bunnies are a commitment

  Local gun stores see uptick in sales when gun control discussions start

Dogs and cats need shelter from the ice storm, and so do other animals

  Experts: Gangs are key in human trafficking industry

Brookhaven mourns long-time school resource officer, second to die in three months

Family cherishes capital murder conviction for slain toddler’s stepmother

State Medical Examiner resigns, leaves unfinished work, holes in investigations

Search for missing hunters will continue, even on Christmas Day

  Canceled Christmas parties take holiday strain on restaurants that host them

  Non-violent offenders can find a second chance at the Mississippi Expungement Center

Mother and daughter graduate from college together after unspeakable loss

  Accused cop killer Marquis Flowers granted change of venue in upcoming trial

  Miss. councilwoman charged in Walmart parking lot shooting

  Experts: Putting your dog on a chain can be dangerous

‘A tremendous loss’: Historic Yazoo City home burns along with three others

  Veteran Brookhaven police officer dies of coronavirus contracted on duty

Chief Medical Examiner for the State of Mississippi placed on administrative leave

Dentists see proof of increased stress in 2020 in people’s teeth

  Stormy Daniels finds new career as paranormal investigator, teams with Mississippi ghost hunters

  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

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

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

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

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

Woman dies, child on life support after wreck with Scott Co. deputy en route to call

Officers indicted on second-degree murder charges in death of George Robinson

  Firefighters mourn brother and friend killed in gas explosion

Trooper shot, killed in Jefferson Co.; $108K reward offered for suspect