The student newspaper of the University of Nebraska Omaha talks to
editorial cartoonist Jeff Koterba about his past, present, and future.
In 1983, Jeffrey Koterba, then a staffer for The Gateway, was named the nation’s outstanding collegiate cartoonist by the Society of Professional Journalists.
Koterba, his cartoons and his creativity traveled from The Gateway office to The Omaha World-Herald, where Koterba created daily cartoons for 31 years until this September, when his job was “eliminated due to cost-cutting measures.”
“I was one of maybe 20-something, 25 full-time newspaper cartoonists left in the country,” he said. “It’s a huge loss, it’s a tragedy, but it’s how the industry is going.”
© Jeff Koterba
Koterba, a true creative, is also a speaker, author, musician and creative consultant. He said he is in the process of “kind of reinventing” himself, but is still drawing and creating cartoons – many of which he shares on Twitter. He has also created a Patreon page, which allows patrons to support Koterba while gaining early access to his newest work.