Jamarcus Gaston, while known as a contributing reporter for Scene on 7, the real question is, who is this guy really?
Jamarcus grew up in the very small town of Great Falls, South Carolina in ChesterCounty. He graduated Salutatorian from Great Falls High School in 2003 and headed to the mountainous upstate to attend FurmanUniversity on an academic and music scholarship. While at Furman, Jamarcus studied Tuba with trombonist Dr. Mark Britt, playing in the Furman Paladin Regiment, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Brass Quintet, and Symphony Orchestra. He served as the tuba section leader for several years, as well as Publicity Chairperson for two years.
Outside of the music department Jamarcus also wrote for Furman’s student publication, The Paladin, for four years. Jamarcus was also selected as a Freshman Journalist, where he documented his entire freshman year in words and images for prospective students to the university. While at Furman, Jamarcus also worked vigorously to revive the school’s television news program. Jamarcus recruited reporters, photographers, anchors, and producers for his campus news program “WFTV Reports.” Jamarcus also served as an anchor, reporter, producer, photographer and News Director. Through “WFTV Reports,” Jamarcus and his team had the opportunity to meet and cover many big names including: Nikki Giovanni, 2008 Republican Presidential candidate John McCain, John Stossel, John Glenn and Zell Miller.
During his four years at Furman Jamarcus continued to further his interest in community service and music by serving as marching/music instructor at several area high schools, narrating/producing a promotional video for a non-profit literacy organization, serving as a camp counselor during the summers, and becoming active in a vocational exploration center that took him on a trip to Cuba. Jamarcus also spent part of a summer in Upstate New York working at CampKiwago, a camp for homeless children. He also co-produced a documentary on migrant farm workers in the Southeast. Prior to graduation, Jamarcus was awarded the Charles A. Batson Outstanding Student in Broadcast Journalism Award from FurmanUniversity and was elected to Who’s Who Among American College and University Students. Jamarcus hold a bachelor of arts degree in Music and Communications Studies from Furman.
In addition to his reporting for Scene on 7 and Your Carolina, Jamarcus works for WSPA News Channel 7 as a Writer/ Producer in the Marketing Department, and a host of the show Xtreme Achievers on Your CW. Jamarcus also field produces and edits stories for the station’s “Caring for the Carolinas” series and has written pieces for telethons and other special projects. In his spare time Jamarcus enjoys working out, running (he is proud to have run two half marathons and one full), volunteering, and going to live music events.