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World-Herald cartoonist will be next “Face on the Barroom Floor” on May 6

The Omaha Press Club will recognize another local newsmaker on Thursday, May 6, when the Omaha World-Herald’s editorial cartoonist for 21 years, Jeff Koterba, is toasted and roasted as the next “Face on the Barroom Floor.” 



The “Faces” are caricature drawings of the honoree by artist Jim Horan that are framed on the Press Club’s floor until the next person is saluted.  They are then hung on the walls of the club’s restaurant on the 22nd floor of the First National Center at 16th and Dodge streets.  The “Face on the Barroom Floor” has been a signature event of the club since Mayor Gene Leahy’s “Face” was enshrined in 1971.

The public is invited to attend the event, which begins with a 5:30 p.m. reception.  The 6:30 p.m. roast and toast will feature these roasters: Mike Kelly, World-Herald columnist (emcee); Kevin Quinn, public affairs specialist, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Tom Becka, KFAB talk show host; novelist Timothy Schaffert; former Omaha mayor and Nebraska congressman, Hal Daub, and Frank Partsch, former World-Herald editorial page editor.

An optional dinner follows. Dinner is $40 for Omaha Press Club members and $50 for nonmembers. To attend the roast only is $10 for nonmembers. This includes a free drink.  Members and those who attend the dinner do not pay the $10.  To RSVP, call (402) 345-8008

The World-Herald’s editorial cartoonist also is a musician and writer.  Koterba’s memoir “Inklings” was recently published by Houghton Mifflin.  He has written for The Daily Beast and in 2009, he was named a finalist in the Great Plains Journalism Awards for a three-part essay written for the World-Herald, “Ink and Ash.” He has also received an honorable mention from Glimmer Train in the Short-Story Award for new writers.

Koterba is lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter for the Prairie Cats, a swing and jump-blues band he formed in 1998. The Prairie Cats have performed at the South by Southwest Music Festival and at the Derby Lounge in Hollywood and have been included on several Sony/BMG compilations in Europe, along performers such as Tony Bennett, Natalie Cole and Frank Sinatra.

Since joining the Omaha World-Herald in 1989, Koterba has been a finalist for Editorial Cartoonist of the Year from the National Cartoonists Society and has placed second in the National Headliner Awards. In 2009, he won first place for editorial cartooning in the Great Plains Journalism Awards.

His work is distributed through King Features Syndicate to 400 newspapers nationwide and has appeared in such publications as the New York Times, the Chicago Sun-Times, the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, USA Today, and was broadcast on CNN. One of his cartoons can also be spotted in the Alexander Payne film, Election, if you look quickly. His original cartoons have been collected by notables such as Warren Buffett and Oprah Winfrey.

On April 5, 2010, two of his cartoons went into space on the space shuttle Discovery with Nebraska-born astronaut Clayton Anderson.  Koterba, his wife Stacey and son Josh, along with Josh’s fiancée, attended the Cape Canaveral launch. 

In another space adventure, during the summer of 1978 Koterba was struck by lightning and lived to tell about it.  He now avoids thunderstorm whenever possible.

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