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

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

  FBI solicits applications for invitation-only job fair for women

  Gangs making headlines: The Metro area has its fair share

Both Central Miss. Correctional Facility escapees back in custody

  New Madrid Fault could create a sizable earthquake, Mississippi could be affected

  Raymond jail conditions are ‘not safe for anybody’

Bond set for man accused of robbing, shooting Covington County watermelon vendor

Ten-year-old author pens book to cope with loss of his mom

DPS: Gangster Disciples have called for deaths of police officers

Mississippi Ag Commissioner Andy Gipson’s father killed in situation involving law enforcement

  Seaman killed at Pearl Harbor finally on his way home

Police officer arrested in homicide of Oxford mother

Jessica Chambers’ murder suspect Quinton Tellis indicted in death of woman in Louisiana

  More Mississippi officers have died in May than any other month of the year

  Mississippi Hospital Association proposes $20 per month insurance plan