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

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

  Nearly 300 detained in ICE raids released, officials confirm

  No bond hearing set for suspect in Ally Kostial murder

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Fans hit by foul balls lead to talks of extended nets

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