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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Living well while dying

Movie | Clouds traces a teen’s journey with terminal cancer
by Sharon Dierberger
Posted 10/08/20, 03:45 pm

What sounds depressing—a teen’s diagnosis with osteosarcoma, a rare bone cancer—became the impetus for an inspiring new PG-13 movie from Disney+. 

Clouds tells the heartbreaking and joy-filled true story of Zach Sobiech and the remarkable events springing from his terminal disease. Based on his mom Laura’s memoirs, the two-hour film radiates realities and love of close family and friends in a small Minnesota town and shows the potency and purview of Zach’s music. His song “Clouds” became a global sensation.

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Associated Press/Photo by Dan Goodman

Netflix makes the China connection

Culture | U.S. senators question the streaming company’s commitment to human rights
by Sharon Dierberger
Posted 9/29/20, 03:35 pm

Netflix shrugged off concerns five Republican senators voiced last week over a new TV series planned by the streaming service. The lawmakers accused the company of normalizing Chinese atrocities against ethnic minorities by adapting a Chinese book trilogy.

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Associated Press/Photo by Brody Schmidt

The reasons for college football’s return

Sports | Political pressure was just one of several factors
by Sharon Dierberger
Posted 9/22/20, 03:09 pm

Of the five NCAA athletic conferences that make the most money, four have committed to putting players on the gridiron this fall. The last holdout, the Pac-12, looks like it is headed for a fall football return, as well.

“We feel we’ve got a responsibility to our student-athletes and our programs to explore that possibility,” Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said. “So that’s what we’re doing.”

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