A quasar has been found at a redshift of 7.1. While this is not the most distant object discovered (there are gamma-ray bursts and galaxies that have been found at a higher redshift), it is considerably brighter, has a lovely spectrum and comes with some very pretty graphics;
The lead on the paper is Dan Mortlock. I've known Dan for years; he was a PhD student at Melbourne when I visited in in 1995 (I was finishing up my thesis at the time). Excellent result.