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

  The message gets more ominous as record-high coronavirus deaths announced Tuesday

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

  Attorney: ‘Don’t play another down until the flag comes down'

  Officer-involved shootings: What’s a justifiable use of force?

  Deputy James Blair’s funeral brings out support for his family, law enforcement

Investigators: Man arrested after lying about fight with accused cop killer during search

  ‘Shut this foolishness down;’ Organizers issue call to action for protestors during Black Lives Matter march in Jackson

  Mission Mississippi: ‘Gracism’ can help bridge racial divides

  Jurors from Miss. mass murder trial come back to fellowship with victims’ families

  First responders ‘light up Mississippi’ for Memorial Day

  Warren Co. Sheriff’s Department looking into abuse video circulating social media

  Gov. Reeves’ choice for MDOC Commissioner brings decades of corrections experience

ATF cracks down on series of gun dealer burglaries in 2020

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

  Reeves takes criticism on social media over shelter in place orders

Willie Cory Godbolt sentenced to death for 2017 crime spree that left 8 dead

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

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

  Apparent tornado damages homes, downs trees and power lines in Simpson County

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

  Former inmates say Parchman Unit 29 problems are not new

  Reformed gang members working to make a better life for others

Prayer For Prisons rally brings emotional appeals from family members, pastors, politicians

Inaccurate gang names in MDOC database lead to questions

  ‘That’s somebody’s son’: Families of inmates at Parchman say they’re worried, angry at conditions

Families of alleged rape victims inside Yazoo Regional Correctional Facility want justice

State auditor’s findings show MBN executive director to repay $30K to taxpayers

  Christian Andreacchio’s family files residency suit against District Attorney

Online appointments take hours off drivers license process

Simpson County man dies after wedding party; Newlyweds arrested