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.


Being a child actor isn’t just glitz and glamour

Television | Showbiz Kids shows why
by Sharon Dierberger
Posted 7/30/20, 03:24 pm

Would E.T. have been the wildly successful Steven Spielberg smash without Henry Thomas cast as the lonely, lovable 10-year-old Elliot who befriends the extraterrestrial? Can you imagine The Wizard of Oz without Judy Garland belting out “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” from a Kansas barnyard? Or The Black Stallion without Kelly Reno galloping across Arabian sand, clinging to the Black’s mane?

Read more

Giant stands up for his faith

Culture | San Francisco pitcher Sam Coonrod ridiculed for not taking a knee
by Sharon Dierberger
Posted 7/28/20, 05:43 pm

On opening night Thursday at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, a message read by actor Morgan Freeman played over loudspeakers as the home team and the visiting San Francisco Giants lined up on the field before the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The statement, written by Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Andrew McCutchen, called for equality, unity, and empathy—a Major League Baseball–approved response to the ongoing nationwide protests against racism.

Read more

Anthony Montana/Tony Vaccaro/Getty Images

Underfire offers shots seen around the world

Documentary | Soldier Tony Vaccaro captured World War II images like no one else
by Sharon Dierberger
Posted 7/16/20, 03:49 pm

How could you ever lose the mental image of a Nazi tumbling from his tank, burning to death next to you? Or an American soldier kissing a little French girl’s cheek as joyous young women dance, celebrating victory in Europe? 

Read more