Sam Blackwell has been named managing editor of the Southeast Missourian. He most recently served as the newspaper’s Arts & Leisure editor. Blackwell joined the newspaper full time in 1973 as a sports writer. Following stints in California and New York, he returned to the Missourian in 1992 as a reporter and was promoted to Arts & Leisure editor in 1995. Blackwell replaces Heidi Hall, who left to become assistant metro editor for the Tampa (Fla.) Tribune.