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

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

  Mother and daughter graduate from college together after unspeakable loss

  Miss. councilwoman charged in Walmart parking lot shooting

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

  Mississippi family recounts shooting that took the life of 6-year-old boy

  Vanished Quitman County couple still missing after a year, signs point to foul play

Top Miss. health official: ‘Absolutely terrified we’re going to overwhelm health care system'

  Still no COVID-19 in Issaquena County; Residents guess why

  Deputy and wife who died in tornado leave a legacy of bravery and love

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

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

  McDonald’s worker surprised with award for her kindness, customer service

  Brother, father of slain Alcorn State student ask shooter to come forward: ‘Do the right thing’

CAPTURED: Miss. man faked suicide to avoid rape charge, U.S. Marshals say

  Former inmates say Parchman Unit 29 problems are not new

  Inaccurate gang names in MDOC database lead to questions

Investigators say Gangster Disciples and Vice Lords fighting in state prisons

Jackson church congregation needs an $80,000 roof to keep them in their building

Want to buy a haunted house? Ask about ‘stigmatized properties’

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

  Mississippi responders helping with Dorian in Florida

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

What happened to Ally Kostial? Details start to emerge

Both Central Miss. Correctional Facility escapees back in custody

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