Koterba started drawing editorial cartoons for the Omaha South High School newspaper. While at the University of Nebraska at Omaha he was the editorial cartoonist of the college newspaper, the Gateway. In college he also drew cartoons for the suburban Omaha newspaper, the Bellevue Leader. After college he drew sports cartoons on a part-time basis for the Kansas City Star from 1986 to 1989 where his work also regularly appeared in the Los Angeles Times. He was hired by the Omaha World Herald in 1989 as the editorial cartoonist, filling a 9-year void at that position. While at the World Herald, Koterba has occasionally written editorials and feature stories. Koterba describes himself as "passionate centrist".
His work regularly appears in many major U.S. newspapers including The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, USA Today, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, Washington Post and CNN. He has also been featured in many magazines and high-profile websites. His cartoons regularly appear in the Best Editorial Cartoons of the Year, and Best Political Cartoons of the Year publications. Koterba also regularly appears on panels discussing his craft. In 2009 he was part of an editorial cartooning panel at Comic-Con in San Diego.
"Koterba. Drawing You In" is a hard-cover collection of 25 years of World-Herald editorial cartoonist Jeff Koterba's best work. Jeff tells how he does it and shows you some of his favorites ... "Koterba. Drawing You In" is a hard-cover collection of 25 years of World-Herald editorial cartoonist Jeff Koterba's best work.