Hannah Dawson Gage is a retired media executive and former owner of Cape Fear Broadcasting in Wilmington, where she launched 102.7 WGNI, 980 WWAV news talk radio, and Coast 97.3. She is an advocate for higher education and served on the UNC Board of Governors for 16 years, including two terms as the first female Chair of the board, overseeing 16 college campuses, including the North Carolina School of Science and Math, UNC Health Care, and UNC-TV (now PBS NC).
Ms. Gage was inducted into the North Carolina Association of Broadcaster’s Hall of Fame in 2009, received the Governor’s Order of the Long Leaf Pine in 2012, and the UNCW Watson College of Education Razor Walker Award in 2016 for her support of public higher education. She is the current Chair of the WUNC Radio Board and has previously served as Chair of the UNCW Board of Trustees as well as numerous regional and local boards. Most recently, she served on the Partnership Advisory Group. She has lived in Wilmington since 1981.