Sharon Dierberger

Sharon is a correspondent and reviewer for WORLD. She is a World Journalism Institute and Northwestern University graduate. She has served as a university teacher, clinical exercise physiologist, homeschooling mom, businesswoman, and Division 1 athlete. She resides in Stillwater, Minnesota, with her husband, Bill.

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Home-front duties

History | While her husband fought German forces, Barbara Larson built airplane parts back home
by Sharon Dierberger
Posted 10/21/20, 11:16 pm

Fourth in a series on war veterans

She had been married four days when her husband left for war in 1944. She didn’t know where he was going, and when—or if—she’d ever see him again. Barbara Larson, 94, shrugs and smiles: “That’s just the way it was back then.”

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Sticking to sports in the NBA

Sports | The league considers hushing political messages amid low ratings
by Sharon Dierberger
Posted 10/20/20, 05:17 pm

Before resuming professional basketball after a coronavirus-induced pause, the NBA and the players association painted “Black Lives Matter” on the sidelines of the three arenas at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, where all of the season’s remaining games took place. Teams also allowed players to put select social justice messages on their jerseys. But those measures marked an extraordinary moment in time, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said.

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Clouds director puts lens on faith

Culture | The real-life family behind the Disney movie shared its beliefs with cast and crew
by Sharon Dierberger
Posted 10/13/20, 01:36 pm

After watching numerous auditions, director Justin Baldoni knew he’d finally found in Fin Argus the right young man to portray teenager Zach Sobiech in the new movie Clouds, based on a true story. But he did not cast him until consulting with Zach’s mom, Laura.

“This is Zach! I feel it. I feel it,” she quickly agreed with Baldoni.

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