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

  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

  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

Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics Chief of Staff resigns under pressure

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

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

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

  Mississippi responders helping with Dorian in Florida

Alleged gang convention still going strong in Hattiesburg

’Batman and Robyn': Efforts to bring Waffle House to Oxford moving in the right direction

  Petal Police Chief: Lives ‘absolutely’ saved as a result of keen eyes at WalMart

  Armed man in custody after ‘suspicious person’ call from Petal Walmart

  Some undocumented immigrants involved in Mississippi ICE raids allegedly stole American citizens’ identities

'It’s so painful’: Families affected by ICE raids ask for mercy

  Nearly 300 detained in ICE raids released, officials confirm

  Researcher talks about evolution of an active shooter

  Surviving the shooter: Police chief offers tips for living through mass shooting

  ‘It could have been me’: Woman talks about dates with Brandon Theesfeld

No bond hearing set for suspect in Ally Kostial murder

What happened to Ally Kostial? Details start to emerge