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

Simpson County man dies after wedding party; Newlyweds arrested

  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

Accused cop killer pleads not guilty in shooting deaths of two Brookhaven officers

Shelter for abused women now offers safe haven for clients’ pets, too

  Community help movement ripped straight from gang literature

Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics Chief of Staff resigns under pressure

Mother of 8-year-old now official suspect in his sexual battery and murder

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

  Celebrities, law enforcement from around the country send injured Madison deputy well-wishes

Alleged shooter of Madison County Deputy used fully automatic military weapon

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

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

Nearly 300 detained in ICE raids released, officials confirm

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

FBI solicits applications for invitation-only job fair for women

Both Central Miss. Correctional Facility escapees back in custody

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

DPS: Gangster Disciples have called for deaths of police officers

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

Police officer arrested in homicide of Oxford mother

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