Morgan Webb

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Morgan Webb
Morgan Webb in a hurry.jpg
Webb in 2007
Born (1978-10-05) October 5, 1978 (age 35)[1]
Occupation Television presenter, producer
Spouse(s) Rob Reid

Morgan Ailis Webb (born October 5, 1978)[1] is a former co-host and senior segment producer of the now-canceled G4 show X-Play.[2] She was previously the host of the podcast WebbAlert and a monthly columnist for the United States edition of FHM, where she contributed a monthly video game column titled "Tips from the Gaming Goddess".[3]

Career[edit]

Webb attended UC Berkeley from 1996 to 2000. She developed computer skills in her free time there, and after graduating from college worked for a dot-com company as a website administrator. After the company went under during the dot-com bubble burst of 2000, her friend Catherine Schwartz got her hired at TechTV in 2001, and Webb became employed as the associate producer and web researcher for The Screen Savers. Throughout 2002 and 2003, she also regularly co-hosted TechTV's Call for Help with Chris Pirillo. In April 2003, Webb left The Screen Savers to co-host X-Play with Adam Sessler.

Webb is one of the six TechTV personalities to survive the massive layoffs resulting from the May 2004 merger of G4 and TechTV. Only Adam Sessler and Webb remained with the network after G4's change in format. After Sessler resigned in April 2012, Webb was the only original TechTV personality remaining on the network.

In August 2005, Webb became a contributing game columnist for FHM, alongside her regular hosting duties on X-Play. Her monthly column was titled "Tips from the Gaming Goddess". Readers were encouraged to email Webb their video-game-related inquiries; she would then answer one question each month. In February 2007, Webb wrote her final column for the magazine, which discontinued its U.S. publication in March. She also hosted the short-lived Free Stuff on G4.

From August 2, 2007, to January 25, 2009, Webb had a daily video blogging initiative called WebbAlert. These videos were 5 to 6 minutes in length, and each consisted of a recap of popular technology news of the day. On occasion, Webb departed from the regular news format in favor of an episode on one particular topic of interest. Examples included a recap of the annual TED Conference,[4] a viral video special showcasing "future 'Darwin Award' winners",[5] and tech-centric "Holiday Buyer's Guides".[6] In January 2009, Webb suspended WebbAlert indefinitely due to issues with maintaining it on a daily basis concurrently with her hosting duties on X-Play.[7]

On February 25, 2009, G4 announced that Webb would be the host of their new show G4 Underground, a weekly series that profiles a wide range of people and topics that are of interest to the "internet generation". It premiered March 29, 2009.[8]

After airing more than 1300 episodes, X-Play aired its final episode on January 23, 2013.

From June 11, 2013 through June 13, 2013, Morgan co-anchored Microsoft's nightly Xbox @ E3 Live streaming event coverage on Xbox Live, reuniting her with former G4 personalities Kevin Pereira, Blair Herter, Jessica Chobot, Blair Butler and Tina Summerford.

Morgan now works as a consultant and creative advisor for Activision Blizzard,[9] where she also produces and hosts Blizzard's monthly World of Warcraft discussion program WoW Source.[10][11]

Personal life[edit]

Webb was born on October 5, 1978.[1] Her birthplace has been reported as Toronto, Ontario,[1] but some seem to think she was born in the U.S.[12][13] During the 2011 Comic-Con, Webb was asked what she missed about Canada. She answered, "I was born and raised in the United States."[14] Despite saying this, during Morgan Webb's first television appearance on TechTV, Morgan says she is Canadian and proceeds to teach about Canada.[15]

As an infant and small child, Webb appeared in advertisements for Gerber baby food, Kenner Toys, and an ad for McDonald's, where she recited the ingredients of the Big Mac to a game of Pat-a-cake. Though Webb's parents refused to let her watch television, she made up for it by playing video games.[16] She began with an Atari, primarily the game Combat, but as technology progressed, The Legend of Zelda and Phantasy Star became two of her favorite games.

After Webb graduated from high school, she left home to attend UC Berkeley. There she earned a bachelor's degree in rhetoric (with a minor in Italian) in 2000.[17]

On August 19, 2006, Webb married Rob Reid in a service at City Hall in San Francisco, California.

Media appearances[edit]

Throughout 2004 and beyond, Webb was featured in numerous issues of print publications. Maxim magazine spotlighted her in their July 2004 issue. FHM featured a five-page article in their November 2004 issue, and also had her listed in three consecutive years for their annual The 100 Sexiest Women in the World article: #73 in 2005, #62 in 2006, and #51 in 2007. Other magazines have featured her as well, voted "Hottest Woman of the Year" in RTD's 2006 Top 10 countdown and in an article in the fall 2006 edition of Colleges.com U Magazine.

In April 2004, Webb was in "TechTV's Sexiest Techie" poll sponsored by Playboy magazine. TechTV viewers could vote for their favorite girl via the Playboy website. Webb won the poll and was offered a nude photo shoot, but she refused, despite being "very flattered", citing her own personal reasons and her parents' objection to the idea.[18]

Webb appeared in the music video "Strange New Element" from the band Low Water.[19] She makes her appearance near the end of the video alongside other fellow TechTV personalities, including Catherine Schwartz, Sarah Lane, Laura Swisher, Chi-Lan Lieu, and Sumi Das. In addition to appearing in Low Water's music video, Webb is featured in the artwork of the band's album Hard Words in a Speakeasy. She additionally provided her own vocals for X-Play: The Musical, which aired in February 2007. She is a frequent guest on various talk shows, including The Tyra Banks Show (in February 2008), Chelsea Lately (in early 2009), and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (on April 15, 2009).[20] She is also a frequent co-host on G4's Attack of the Show!. On June 17, 2009, Webb appeared on KCRW Radio, as part of the station's Guest DJ Project.[21]

On June 21, 2008, Webb along with her X-Play co-host Adam Sessler, participated in the 50th annual Hollywood Stars Celebrity Softball game at Dodger Stadium.[22]

A YouTube video was posted on October 7, 2013 with Webb as the well-versed host of a "Patch 5.4 Developer Round Table" discussion with Blizzard Entertainment employees J. Allen Brack, Ion Hazzikostas, and Tom Chilton.[23]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Morgan Webb". AskMen.com. Retrieved September 26, 2009. 
  2. ^ X-Play.com
  3. ^ Lycos Retriever.com Morgan Webb: Maxim Magazine
  4. ^ "December 24, 2007". WebbAlert. 2007-12-24. Retrieved 2009-06-22. 
  5. ^ "December 26, 2007". WebbAlert. 2007-12-26. Retrieved 2009-06-22. 
  6. ^ "December 7, 2007". WebbAlert. 2007-12-07. Retrieved 2009-06-22. 
  7. ^ "January 25, 2009". WebbAlert. 2009-01-25. Retrieved 2009-06-22. 
  8. ^ "Press Releases - G4 Presents New Investigative Reporting Series 'G4 Underground' Premiering Sunday, March 29". G4. 2009-03-02. Retrieved 2009-09-26. 
  9. ^ "Morgan Webb - CAA Speakers". 
  10. ^ "WoW Source Episode 1: Patch 5.4 Developer Round Table". 
  11. ^ "WoW Source Episode 2: Warlords of Draenor". 
  12. ^ Aubrey Sitterson. "Comic-Con 2011: X-Play Panel". Retrieved 23 March 2012. 
  13. ^ Morgan Webb (13 Jan 2010). "Twitter / @Morgan Webb: Why can't I convince the i...". Retrieved 27 March 2012. 
  14. ^ "X-Play's 2011 Comic-Con Panel". Retrieved 23 March 2012at 36:00 
  15. ^ "Morgan Webb's First Television Appearance". 
  16. ^ "X-Play Hosts". G4TV. Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2009-06-22. 
  17. ^ "Gaming's Top 50 Journalists | Edge Online". Next-gen.biz. 2006-10-17. Retrieved 2009-06-22. 
  18. ^ "Arts & Entertainment - Features - Tech TV". Playboy.com. Retrieved 2009-06-22. 
  19. ^ "low water". Lowwatermusic.com. Retrieved 2009-06-22. 
  20. ^ McElroy, Justin. Morgan Webb plays Punch-Out!! with Jimmy Fallon. Joystiq. April 16, 2009.
  21. ^ "Morgan Webb - Guest DJ Project". KCRW.com. Retrieved 2010-07-27. 
  22. ^ "Live From Los Angeles: Hollywood Stars". MLB.com. Retrieved 2010-07-03. 
  23. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WeV5Cj7sES8

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