More than two decades of journalism and public relations experience working with Wisconsin’s government and medical leaders. Strong feature writing, editing, communication planning, with focus on Internet, podcasting, magazines, newsletters, brochures, newspaper columns and speeches.


June 2014-present, Senior Marketing Communications Specialist, Dean Health Plan
Writer/Editor for multiple publications, website pages, brochures and other communications.

March 2014-June 2014    Senior Communications Specialist, University of Wisconsin System Administration
Writer/Editor, Office of the President, temporary transitional position

2006-present   Principal, Steve Busalacchi Communications, LLC

Began health communications consulting firm, providing services which include strategic communications, media training, writing, editing, podcasting, speech training, public speaking, as well as other services.

1997-2006      Director, Public Relations, Wisconsin Medical Society

Serve as spokesman, manage public relations budget, prepare officers/other physician members for interviews, edit and write for statewide newsletter, magazine, e-mail newsletter, Website and medical journal. Provide speech/media training and writing for president and other officers. Responsible for having attracted more than $5 million worth of earned media over nine years. Served as PR consultant for the Society in the immediate first years of starting his communications firm.


Honorary Fellow, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health  

Speaker, TEDx Madison, July 2013

Author, White Coat Wisdom,  Life Matters, The Harmony of Hope and Media Savvy, Media Success! 

Judge, Awards Committee, PRSA-Madison, March 2007 

Elected to the Board of Directors for the Public Relations Society of America-Madison chapter, 2007-2009 

Brokered agreement for 2006 PSA to reach 6 million closed circuit TV viewers with falls prevention message 

Guest Speaker, PR & Technology, PRSA Madison, March 2006 

Guest Speaker, Public Relations Society of America-Madison Chapter, successful PR campaigns, March, 2005; Public relations panelist, Wisconsin Hospital Association, 2004 

Media training presenter: EMS Service for Children, March, 2006; Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians, May, 2005;  American Academy of Pediatrics, WI Chapter, 2004; Medical Society of Milwaukee County, 2004; Center for Tobacco Research & Intervention, UW-Madison, 2004; CDC, Atlanta, Dec.  2001 

Emcee/writer, Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation Roast, 2004 and 2002 

Awards committee member & contest judge, PRSA-Madison,  2004; Contest judge, Society of Professional Journalists, 1997 and 1999 

Developed and implemented promotion that drove 6,200 people to web site in three days, 2003 

Annual guest class speaker, publicizing medical studies, UW Medical School, for Patrick Remington, MD, since 2001 

1981-1997      Reporter/Producer/Editor, Wisconsin Public Radio

Prepared broadcast features, demonstrating ability to write accurately and creatively. Full-time medical reporter for 10 years. Covered politics and features, with frequent contributions to National Public Radio. Newscaster, editor and assignment editor responsibilities. Described as “one of Wisconsin Public Radio’s most prolific and acclaimed producers,” by Larry Dickerson, Director, University of Wisconsin Extension, letter of recommendation, December 8, 1996.


Bachelor of Arts, Journalism, University of Wisconsin-Madison


Madison South Rotary, member, 2001-present, President (July 2014)  

Board of Directors, Alzheimer's & Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin (2012-2014)

Wisconsin Health Report, Advisory Board, April 2007 

United Way of Dane County, Healthy for Life Committee, 2007-2010 

Group Study Exchange, Belgium, 2001 

Amanda the Panda Program, UW Hospital, 2001 

Access to Independence, 1999 

Madison Literacy Council, 1989-1990 

Big Brothers/Big Sisters, 1985-1988 


Steve has earned various awards throughout his career