Growing up with rockets on Florida's space coast, Jeff Parker first began drawing editorial cartoons for Florida Environments newsmagazine in 1989 followed by Orlando Business Journal in 1990 before joining his hometown newspaper, FLORIDA TODAY, in 1992. His cartoons are distributed to hundreds of national and international news media outlets by Caglecartoons.com.
In addition to editorial cartooning, Jeff and Steve Kelley, collaborate to create the comic strip, Dustin, named Best Newspaper Comic Strip for 2010 by the National Cartoonists Society (NCS). He also helps Mike Peters with the drawing chores on his comic strip, Mother Goose & Grimm.
Jeff is a member of both the NCS and the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists. His cartoon recognition includes awards from Gannett News Service, Society of Professional Journalists, Florida Society of Newspaper Editors, Florida Press Club, Florida Press Association, and the First Amendment Foundation. In 2005, Jeff was honored to take home the NCS Reuben Division Award for Editorial Cartooning after three prior nominations. He has been published in Pelican Books' Best Editorial Cartoons of the Year since 1992.
His cartoons continue to be regularly featured worldwide in magazines, books, and broadcast media, including CNN, Fox News, USA Today, Newsweek, TIME, The Washington Post, Le Monde, Courrier International and The New York Times.
In 1999, Jeff traveled to Cuba on assignment with a contingent of 18 American cartoonists to get an inside look at one of the last bastions of communism. His journal and sketch diary of the trip were reproduced later in three editions of FLORIDA TODAY.
Jeff works from his home studio. His wife, Pat, considers him her only child.