In Memoriam, Xavira Neggers Crescioni
March 20, 1967 – February 22, 2019
It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that Debtwire and its parent company, Acuris, announce the passing of our treasured friend, dear colleague and tenacious reporter, Xavira Neggers Crescioni on February 22, 2019. Xavira had a vibrant personality, an unmistakable million-dollar laugh and her energy always lit up a room. The passion she had for life, she also shared in reporting on Puerto Rico. More importantly, Xavira was a great person to be around. Her spirit will be sorely missed and while the grief is inconsolable, the fond memories are unforgettable.
Xavira grew up in Alabama, but was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where she resided until her passing. She graduated from Columbia University with a BA in Comparative Literature and Creative Arts Studies. Xavira then obtained an MA in Journalism from Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Additionally, she received a degree in Visual Arts Studies from the Parsons School of Design.
Xavira began her journalism career as a news intern at Periodico ABC and then became a reporter at Caribbean Business. She spent the majority of her career at San Juan City Magazine as a restaurant reviewer under the nom de plume Xaviera Hollandaise, and then worked her way up the ranks at The San Juan Daily Star to become a federal court reporter. She worked for 13 years at both companies.
Xavira joined Debtwire in May 2015 and her dogged reporting as part of the Debtwire Municipals team led to many scoops over the course of her career with us. She was generous with her time and her knowledge, helping to get the stories that mattered to our readers.
Most recently, Xavira was part of an elite investigative team of journalists at Debtwire, where her work was recognized through the prestigious Editor & Publisher 2018 EPPY Awards.
Xavira is survived by her father, Joseph Neggers, brother Yusuf Neggers, extended family and an abundance of friends. Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced. Xavira was an avid animal lover so in lieu of flowers charitable donations can be sent in her name to Second Chance Animal Rescue of Puerto Rico or Save A Sato Foundation.