Class of 1979
Inducted in 2009
Jeff was inducted into the SHSAA Hall of Fame in 2009.
Jeff Koterba landed his first job in the fall of 1978 as a cartoonist drawing for his high school newspaper The South High TOOTER, studied art and journalism at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, then joined the Omaha World-Herald as a political cartoonist in 1989.
Jeff's work appears in such publications as The Chicago Tribune, The New York Times, USA Today, Newsweek and The Washington Post National Weekly Edition. His work has been seen on CNN and in Alexander Payne's film, Election. His book, Jeff Koterba....Back from the Drawing Board, was published in 1995, and his memoir INKLINGS (regarding his growing up in South Omaha and becoming a cartoonist) will be published the fall of 2009.
Koterba also illustrates articles and books, writes music, and plays the guitar, mandolin and bouzouki in various bands. His jump-blues and swing band, Prairie Cats, has performed all over America. A highlight of his New York City trip was performing at the Windows on the World in the World Trade Center during the summer of 2001. In 2008, the Prairie Cats were included on three Sony jazz compilations in Europe, including one compilation that was, for a time, the top-selling compilation in Poland.
Koterba has helped raise money for various charitable organizations and church groups in Omaha by performing with his band.